Text: Charles W. Kent (notes) Robert A. Stewart (variants) (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. VII: Poems (1902), p. 154


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[page 154, continued:]

THE HAPPIEST DAY, THE HAPPIEST HOUR.

Page 20.

1827.

Text, 1827.

EDITORS NOTE.

The author whose seared, blighted heart bemoans a past day and hour of happiness would not live it over again because of the pain mingled with the pleasure. [page 155:]

This poem, written before Poe was eighteen years old, presents life from the point of view of a man worn-out with living. How soon had he learned such bitterness of life!

 


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Notes:

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