Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Killis Campbell), “Elizabeth,” The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Ginn and Company, 1917, p. 136


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Elizabeth, it surely is most fit

[Logic and common usage so commanding]

In thy own book that first thy name be writ,

Zeno and other sages notwithstanding:

And I have other reasons for so doing

Besides my innate love of contradiction:

Each poet — if a poet — in pursuing

The muses thro’ their bowers of Truth or Fiction,

Has studied very little of his part,

Read nothing, written less — in short’s a fool

Endued with neither soul, nor sense, nor art,

Being ignorant of one important rule,

Employed in even the theses of the school —

Called —— I forget the heathenish Greek name —

[Called any thing, its meaning is the same]

“Always write first things uppermost in the heart.”







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