Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “[Sonnet]” (Comparative Text)


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Texts Represented:

  • 1828-01 - Saturday Evening Post (September 11, 1830, but postulated as representing the manuscript of about 1828-1829)
  • 1829-02 - ATMP (1829)

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{{1828-01:

Title: SONNET.

Byline: BY EDGAR A. POE.

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Line-01-001: SCIENCE {{1828-01 , //1829-02: ! }} meet daughter of old time thou art {{1828-01 , }}

Line-01-002: [indent] Who alterest all things with thy {{1828-01 piercing //1829-02: peering }} eyes!

Line-01-003: Why {{1828-01 pray’st [[prey’st]] //1829-02: prey’st }} thou thus upon {{1828-01 thy //1829-02: the }} poet’s heart {{1828-01//1829-02: , }}

Line-01-004: [indent] Vulture {{1828-01 , //1829-02: ! }} whose wings are dull realities!

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Line-01-005: How {{1828-01 shall //1829-02: should }} he love thee {{1828-01 , //1829-02:}} or how deem thee wise {{1828-01 , }}

Line-01-006: [indent] Who {{1828-01 wouldst //1829-02: woulds’t }} not leave him {{1829-02: , }}in his wandering,

Line-01-007: To seek for treasure in the jewell’d skies {{1828-01 , }}

Line-01-008: [indent] Albeit {{1829-02: , }} he soar with an undaunted wing {{1828-01 . //1829-02: ? }}

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Line-01-009: Hast thou not dragg’d Diana from her car,

Line-01-010: [indent] And {{1828-01 driven //1829-02: driv’n }} the Hamadryad from the wood {{1828-01 , }}

Line-01-011: To seek {{1828-01 for //1829-02: a }} shelter in some happier star {{1828-01 . //1829-02: ? }}

Line-01-012: [indent] The gentle {{1828-01 Nais //1829-02: Naiad }} from {{1828-01 the fountain flood. //1829-02: her fountain-flood? }}

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Line-01-013: The elfin from the {{1828-01 greenwood //1829-02: green grass? }} and from me {{1828-01 , }}

Line-01-014: The {{1828-01 summer’s //1829-02: summer }} dream beneath the shrubbery {{1828-01 . //1829-02: ? }}

 


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Notes:

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