Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Elizabeth - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth, it surely is most fit
[Logic and common usage so commanding]
In thy own book that first thy name be writ,
Zeno and other sages notwithstanding;
And I have other reasons for so doing
Besides my innate love of contradiction;
Each poet - if a poet - in pursuing
The muses thro' their bowers of Truth or Fiction,
Has studied very little of his part,
Read nothing, written less - in short's a fool
Endued with neither soul, nor sense, nor art,
Being ignorant of one important rule,
Employed in even the theses of the school-
Called - I forget the heathenish Greek name
[Called anything, its meaning is the same]
"Always write first things uppermost in the heart."


Comments about Elizabeth by Edgar Allan Poe

  • (5/26/2018 10:28:00 AM)


    Love the peom (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/25/2017 10:44:00 AM)


    Each poet - if a poet - in pursuing
    The muses thro' their bowers of Truth or Fiction,
    Has studied very little of his part,
    Read nothing, written less - in short's a fool
    Endued with neither soul, nor sense, nor art,

    Great poem, thanks poet.
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  • David Christopher Lacey (4/17/2016 4:32:00 PM)


    A fantastic poem but not one of Poe's greatest works. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (4/17/2016 4:30:00 PM)


    Susan is correct that this poem is an acrostic. She mentions that the first letters of each line spell out the name Elizabeth. That is true, but if you keep reading, it also spells out the name Rebecca after that.
    However, then she says that the initials L.E.L. are in the third line. I don't see that. In fact, I can't find the letter L at all in the third line.
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  • Kim Barney (4/17/2016 9:38:00 AM)


    What a great basic truth for all poets or writers of any kind is revealed in his last line:
    Always write first things uppermost in the heart.
    Write what you know. Great advice for all.
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  • Moira Cameron (4/17/2016 8:59:00 AM)


    It sounds as though Poe is being satirical in this poem; like he is making fun of himself as a poet. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/17/2016 12:52:00 AM)


    My innate love! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Arvizu (10/19/2014 10:36:00 PM)


    Elizabeth is uppermost in his heart (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/24/2014 11:12:00 PM)


    a faithful poem on his beloved. I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (2/2/2014 12:10:00 AM)


    ..........a beautiful tribute for Elizabeth Rebecca, with a beautiful meaning... (Report) Reply

  • Thoughts Of A Poet (9/27/2012 2:20:00 PM)


    that poem is good ilove his work it's very scary and haunting and that's what i love about this man poe (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2010 10:17:00 AM)


    The first letter of each line spells out her name. (Report) Reply

  • (12/27/2007 9:42:00 PM)


    I don't know why poeple use his poems for school work.I dont even copy someones work and use it as mine.I write my own. (Report) Reply

  • (5/2/2006 1:42:00 PM)


    I like New Poems cause i get them i don't this one but it got me an A in English class lol (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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