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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Sonnet To My Mother" (A), Flag of Our Union (Boston, MA), July 7, 1849

[Written for The Flag of our Union.]
Sonnet — To My Mother.

Because I feel that, in the heavens above,
    The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
    None so devotional as that of 'mother' —
Therefore by that sweet name I long have called you —
    You, who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you,
    In setting my Virginia's spirit free.
My mother — my own mother — who died early —
    Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
    And thus are dearer than the mother I knew;
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.


This poem is addressed, of course, to Poe's mother-in-law and aunt, Maria Clemm.

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