Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Yet Another Poser,” Alexander’s Weekly Messenger, January 29, 1840, p. 2, col. 4


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[page 2, column 4:]

YET ANOTHER POSER.

Our friend A. B. T., whose hieroglyphical puzzle we solved last week, has just sent us another. His note is as follows —

¶ Þ ! ☜ || ⊥ ☞ Þ .  

? ☜ ¡ § ||     Þ ( § ¶ ⊥ ,   ] §   ☜ ¡ § ! ¶ ⊥ §   ☞ ⊥ ,

☜ (   ⊥ ( § ‡ ¶ ? || §   † § Þ § ☞ ⊥ ‡ — ?   ) ☜ — ;

¡ § ! —   ¿ ☜ ⊥ ☞ ¿ [   Þ ¶ ¿   Þ ! § ¶ ⊥ §   ☞ ⊥ ,

§ ¡ § ! —   ⊥ ! ☞ ‡ ? §   ] ☞ ? ?   † § || ⊥ ! ☜

A. B. T.

Mr. Alexander — I send you one more, and if you decypher it in your next, I must call you invincible.

These characters to be sure have an ugly look about them — but we assure A. B. T. that the ugliness of the letters has nothing to with the difficulty of solution. The translation is thus —

ACROSTIC.

Love’s a cheat, we overrate it,

Oh the false, deceitful joy;

Very nothing can create it —

Every trifle will destroy.

 


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Notes:

This notice was first attributed to Poe by Clarence S. Brigham in Edgar Allan Poe’s Contributions to Alexander’s Weekly Messenger, 1943, p. 27.


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