Edgar Allan Poe — “Stanzas [To F. S. O.]”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Stanzas [To F. S. O.]” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “[Stanzas (To F. S. O.)]” — 1845 — [There are no known draft manuscripts or scratch notes reflecting the original effort of composition.]
  • Text-02 — “Stanzas [To F. S. O.]” — 1845
    • Text-02a — “Stanzas [To F. S. O.]” — 1845 — [Speculated faircopy manuscript Poe prepared for publication. This manuscript has not survived, but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02b.]
    • Text-02b — “Stanzas [To F. S. O.]” — December 1845 — Graham's — (Mabbott text A — This is Mabbott's copy-text)



  • “Stanzas” — November 21, 1915 — J. H. Whitty, “New Poe Poems and Manuscripts Found,” New York Sun — [In this article, Whitty first attibutes the poem to Poe. This article also attributes to Poe a poem called “Life's Vital Stream,” which has since been identified as a copy Poe made of a poem by someone else. The article was also printed, on the same date, in the Baltimore American.]
  • “Stanzas” — January 27, 1916 — J. H. Whitty, “Discoveries in the Uncollected Poems of Edgar Allan Poe,” New York Nation (pp. 105-106) — (a revision of the previous article)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Stanzas” — 1917 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co (pp. 148-149, and 320) — [This poem was added to the second edition, and does not appear in the first edition of 1911. — The second edition was published about May 1917.]
  • Stanzas” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 145, and p. 303, although in the first issue of this edition the poem appears on p. 144.)
  • Stanzas” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:385-386)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None (There is only the one authorized version. The only difference between scholarly printings is whether or not they honor the indentation of lines.)


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • None.



  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Hindin, Michael, “Poe's Debt to Wordworth: A Reading of ‘Stanzas’,” Studies in Romanticism, 1969, 8:109-120
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.


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