Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Sonnet — To Zante” (Text-H), ­The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe­ (1850), 2:43


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TO ZANTE.

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FAIR isle, that from the fairest of all flowers,

Thy gentlest of all gentle names dost take!

How many memories of what radiant hours

At sight of thee and thine at once awake!

How many scenes of what departed bliss!

How many thoughts of what entombéd hopes!

How many visions of a maiden that is

No more — no more upon thy verdant slopes!

No more! alas, that magical sad sound

Transforming all! Thy charms shall please no more

Thy memory no more! Accurséd ground

Henceforth I hold thy flower-enamelled shore,

O hyacinthine isle! O purple Zante!

“Isola d’oro! Fior di Levante!”


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Notes:

“Isola d’oro!” (Italian for “island of gold”) and “Fior di Levante” (Italian for “flower of the Levant”) are also used in Poe’s poem “Al Aaraaf.”

Except for the title, this version is identical to that used in The Raven and Other Poems (1845), with no changes in words or punctuation.


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