Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Imitation - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

A dark unfathomed tide
Of interminable pride -
A mystery, and a dream,
Should my early life seem;
I say that dream was fraught
With a wild and waking thought
Of beings that have been,
Which my spirit hath not seen,
Had I let them pass me by,
With a dreaming eye!
Let none of earth inherit
That vision of my spirit;
Those thoughts I would control,
As a spell upon his soul:
For that bright hope at last
And that light time have past,
And my worldly rest hath gone
With a sigh as it passed on:
I care not though it perish
With a thought I then did cherish


Comments about Imitation by Edgar Allan Poe

  • (11/30/2016 10:41:00 AM)


    A thoughtfully conceived soliloquy presented in a marvelous style. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • R Soos (11/30/2016 10:32:00 AM)

    powerful line
    Love this: Let none of earth inherit that vision of my spirit. Brilliant artistic contradiction =: -) (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2016 3:06:00 AM)


    Although he is associated with the dark realms of the mind, he has shed so much light on the brilliance of the creative mind. One the greatest poets and writers of all time! A great source of inspiration for me! (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/30/2016 1:34:00 AM)


    Those thoughts I would control,
    As a spell upon his soul: ... nice presentation. Congratulation for this beautiful poem as the poem of the day.
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  • Indira Renganathan (11/30/2016 1:09:00 AM)


    A mystery, and a dream,
    Should my early life seem;
    ...............................................
    I care not though it perish
    With a thought I then did cherish....a sad poem....beautiful is the way it has been presented by the poet...touching poem
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/30/2016 12:54:00 AM)

    Passed
    Time have past! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/30/2016 12:53:00 AM)


    I say that dream was fraught
    With a wild and waking thought
    Of beings that have been,
    Which my spirit hath not seen,

    Nice imitation.... I remember the song IMITATION OF LIFE popularized by REM, ......
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  • Muzahidul Reza (11/30/2016 12:23:00 AM)


    A dark unfathomed tide
    Of interminable pride -
    A mystery, and a dream

    excellent poem in good words
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  • (9/9/2015 10:01:00 PM)


    .......wonderfully penned and so true, as adults our childhood is as a dream ★ (Report) Reply

  • Natasha Foster (4/1/2013 10:55:00 AM)


    Edgar Allan Poe is my biggest inspiration. He was/is, in my opinion, the greatest poet/author ever. (Report) Reply

  • Ronald James De Langen (12/9/2011 5:54:00 PM)


    Such a sad story must have been Poe's life... I feel... (Report) Reply

  • (5/20/2008 9:34:00 PM)


    inspirational to say the very least. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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