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A Valentine - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines!- they hold a treasure
Divine- a talisman- an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
The words- the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets- as the name is a poet's, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto- Mendez Ferdinando-
Still form a synonym for Truth- Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.

Comments about A Valentine by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Gold Star - 27,038 Points Susan Williams (1/12/2016 3:25:00 PM)

    I'm guessing that he really was aware that every poet and literary giant knew within seconds who this valentine was addressed to. Apparently this anacrostic type device was commonly used back then. Although married to Virginia at the time, he and this also married poet Frances were having this SECRET love affair that they SUBTLY conducted with love poems flying back and forth to each other and displayed ever so QUIETLY in publications. I have to think the clever writer in Poe knew the puzzle would be deciphered in minutes- he was just deliberately flashing his scandalous relationship with 'Fanny' Osgood in front of society. And here I thought Poe was always in the grasp of a huge melancholy over women he had loved from afar and who had died - -tragically, of course. As far as the quality of this poem, I think all his other works were masterpieces and this a mere toy, a plaything, that he sported around with. Even so, it sparkles with literary excellence. (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 987 Points Crystal Pierce (3/31/2015 7:01:00 PM)

    He is truly a man that could write his way into a woman's heart! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,281 Points Piyush Dey (10/29/2014 1:23:00 PM)

    To translate the address, read the first letter of the first line in connection with the second letter of the second line, the third letter of the third line and so on to the end. The name will thus appear.
    It will say- Frances Sargent Osgood.
    Nice poem, smart and beautiful. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Valentine

  1. 1. A Valentine , Edgar Allan Poe
  2. 2. A Valentine's Song , Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. 3. A Valentine , Joyce Kilmer
  4. 4. A Valentine , Eugene Field
  5. 5. A Valentine , Lewis Carroll
  6. 6. A Valentine To My Wife , Eugene Field
  7. 7. Valentine , Elinor Morton Wylie
  8. 8. Valentine To The Girl In Black , Ellis Parker Butler
  9. 9. A Blue Valentine , Joyce Kilmer
  10. 10. Go, Valentine , Robert Southey
  11. 11. St. Valentine's Day , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  12. 12. The Beggar's Valentine , Vachel Lindsay
  13. 13. Autumn Valentine , Dorothy Parker
  14. 14. Two Valentines , Eugene Field
  15. 15. To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine) , Ellis Parker Butler
  16. 16. To A Valentine , William Strode
  17. 17. A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy , Ellis Parker Butler
  18. 18. St. Valentine's Day , Edith Nesbit
  19. 19. Valentine's Day , William Shenstone
  20. 20. To His Fairest Valentine, Mrs. A.L. , Richard Lovelace
  21. 21. A Valentine , Barcroft Henry Thomas Boake
  22. 22. On The Lady Elizabeth, And Count Palatin.. , John Donne
  23. 23. Valentine's Day , Charles Kingsley
  24. 24. Old Dr. Valentine To His Son , Ogden Nash
  25. 25. Valentine In Form Of Ballade , Andrew Lang
  26. 26. Valentine By A Telegraph Clerk , James Clerk Maxwell
  27. 27. On Mrs Mendez' Birthday, Who Was Born On.. , James Thomson
  28. 28. Valentine--To Lizzie Siddal , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  29. 29. Valentine And Ursine , Anonymous Olde English
  30. 30. The Boys Of The House: For Valentine And.. , Katharine Tynan
  31. 31. Valentine , Ernest Hemingway
  32. 32. Valentine's Day , Laura Elizabeth Richards
  33. 33. A Valentine , Robert Graves
  34. 34. An Intercepted Valentine , Carolyn Wells
  35. 35. My Only Valentine , Barry Tebb
  36. 36. Valentine , Carol Ann Duffy
  37. 37. The Valentine Wreath , James Montgomery
  38. 38. Valentine for Ernest Mann , Naomi Shihab Nye
  39. 39. Valentine, Valentine , Landis Everson
  40. 40. Valentine , Lorna Dee Cervantes
  41. 41. Another Valentine , Wendy Cope
  42. 42. To My Valentine , Ogden Nash
  43. 43. A Valentine For Hands , Annie Finch
  44. 44. St. Valentines Day , Henry King
  45. 45. A Valentine , Arthur Guiterman
  46. 46. A Bill from Cupid , Arthur Guiterman
  47. 47. Idem the Same: A Valentine to Sherwood A.. , Gertrude Stein
  48. 48. Saint's Day Triolet: Saint Valentine , Deborah Paredez
  49. 49. Valentine , Tom Pickard
  50. 50. " To His Fairest Valentine Mrs. A. L. , Richard Lovelace
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