John Bannister Tabb

(1845-1909 / the United States)

Poe's Critics - Poem by John Bannister Tabb

A certain tyrant to disgrace
The more a rebel's resting-place,
Compelled the people every one
To hurl, in passing there, a stone;
Which done, the rugged pile became
A sepulchre to keep the name.

And thus it is with Edgar Poe;
Each passing critic has his throw,
Nor sees, defeating his intent,
How lofty grows the monument.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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