Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. James H. Whitty), “An Enigma,” The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911, p. 146


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[page 146:]

AN ENIGMA

FIRST, find out a word that doth silence proclaim,

And that backwards and forwards is always the same;

Then next you must find out a feminine name

That backwards and forwards is always the same;

An act, or a writing on parchment whose name

Both backwards and forwards is always the same;

A fruit that is rare, whose botanical name

Read backwards and forwards is always the same;

A note used in music, which time doth proclaim,

And backwards and forwards is always the same;

Their initials connected, a title will frame,

That is justly the due of the fair married dame,

Which backwards and forwards is always the same.

 


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Notes:

None.

 

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