Text: Edgar Allan Poe to J. Augustus Shea — February 3, 1845 (LTR-192)


Dear Shea,

Lest I should have made some mistake in the hurry I transcribe the whole alteration.

Instead of the whole stanza commencing “Wondering at the stillness broken &c — substitute this

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken, “

Doubtless”, said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store

Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster

Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore —

Till the dirges of his Hope the melancholy burden bore, ‘

Nevermore — ah, nevermore!’ “

At the close of the stanza preceding this, instead of “Quoth the raven Nevermore”, substitute “ Then the bird said “Nevermore”.

Truly yours





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