Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

To The River --


Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow
Of beauty- the unhidden heart-
The playful maziness of art
In old Alberto's daughter;

But when within thy wave she looks-
Which glistens then, and trembles-
Why, then, the prettiest of brooks
Her worshipper resembles;
For in his heart, as in thy stream,
Her image deeply lies-
His heart which trembles at the beam
Of her soul-searching eyes.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Bronze Star - 7,067 Points * Sunprincess * (1/27/2013 12:28:00 PM)

    beauty definitely comes from the soul and I feel
    this is the meaning of this well written poem, by
    one of the best writers of his time! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ruby Root (8/23/2006 8:14:00 AM)

    Here I believe he speaks of inner beauty. Something more deep not just on the surface. I believe beauty is from within. (Report) Reply

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