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To Helen - 1848

Rating: 3.8
I saw thee once- once only- years ago:
I must not say how many- but not many.
It was a July midnight; and from out
A full-orbed moon, that, like thine own soul, soaring,
Sought a precipitate pathway up through heaven,
There fell a silvery-silken veil of light,
With quietude, and sultriness, and slumber,
Upon the upturned faces of a thousand
Roses that grew in an enchanted garden,
Where no wind dared to stir, unless on tiptoe-
Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses
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Edmund Strolis 23 November 2015
Was it not fate (whose name is also sorrow) Understanding as Poe did that today's good fortune comes with a price. To be an island is to miss the romance but to find romance is to raise the stakes for loss. A quandary well understood by a man that was not speaking in speculative fiction but from dreadful first hand knowledge.
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* Sunprincess * 16 September 2015
.........so beautifully penned and so poignant is this verse ? They are my ministers- yet I their slave. Their office is to illumine and enkindle- My duty, to be saved by their bright light, And purified in their electric fire, And sanctified in their elysian fire. They fill my soul with Beauty (which is Hope) , And are far up in Heaven- the stars I kneel to In the sad, silent watches of my night; While even in the meridian glare of day I see them still- two sweetly scintillant Venuses, unextinguished by the sun!
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A poem depicting great conflict within this master bards mind, and overall life....Love was lost too many times...His vices well indulged to numb his misery...Yet, Edgar Allan Poe stood and to this day stands alone on his very own literary tier of excellence! ~You were & in many ways still the MAN, Dr. Poe! ~Frank James Christopher Ryan, Jr.~
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Mark Arvizu 17 September 2014
Beautiful.................
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