Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Sonnet — to My Mother” (comparative text - FOU and WORKS)


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Texts Represented:

  • 1849-01 - Flag of Our Union (July 7, 1849)
  • 1850-02 - Griswold edition of WORKS (January 1850)

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Misc.: {{1849-01: [Written for The Flag of our Union.] }}

Title: {{1849-01: Sonnet — to My Mother. //1850-02: TO MY MOTHER. }}

Rule: {{1849-01: ~~~~~~~~~~~~ }}

Byline: {{1849-01: BY EDGAR A. POE. }}

Rule: {{1849-01: ~~~~~~~~~~~~ }}

Rule: {{1850-02: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ }}

Line-01-001 {{1849-01: Because // 1850-02: BECAUSE }} I feel that, in the {{1849-01: heavens // 1850-02: Heavens }} above,

Line-01-002 [[indent]] The angels, whispering to one another,

Line-01-003 Can find, among their burning terms of love,

Line-01-004 [[indent]] None so devotional as that of “  {{1849-01: mother // 1850-02: Mother, }}  ” {{1849-01:}}

Line-01-005 Therefore by that {{1849-01: sweet // 1850-02: dear }} name I long have called you —

Line-01-006 [[indent]] You {{1849-01: , }} who are more than mother unto me,

Line-01-007 And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you {{1849-01: , }}

Line-01-008 [[indent]] In setting my Virginia’s spirit free.

Line-01-009 My mother — my own mother {{1849-01:// 1850-02: , }} who died early {{1849-01:// 1850-02: , }}

Line-01-010 [[indent]] Was but the mother of myself; but you

Line-01-011 Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,

Line-01-012 [[indent]] And thus are dearer than the mother I knew {{1849-01: , }}

Line-01-013 By that infinity with which my wife

Line-01-014 Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.


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Notes:

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Because this presentation represents multiple texts, with differing pagination, page numbers have been omitted.

The current presentation normalizes the use of quotation marks, to focus attention on changes other than this merely idiocyncratic matter of formatting.

 

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