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Edgar Allan Poe — “To My Mother”

Texts and Variant Texts

Reading copy:
  • “To My Mother” — reading copy (copy-text is based on Text 00)

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • "Sonnet -- To My Mother"  (1849, no original manuscript
  • "Sonnet -- To My Mother"  (July 7, 1849, text "B" — Flag of Our Union)
  • "To My Mother"  (1850, text "B" — WORKS)
  • "Sonnet to My Mother"   (1849, text "C" — Leaflets of Memory for 1850) (an "annual" for 1850 would have been printed and sold in 1849, and is reviewed in the Literary World for November 17, 1849, see below.) (Although issued before WORKS, this appears to be a more fully revised version, probably arranged by Poe before his death but unknown to Griswold.)


  • "Sonnet -- To My Mother"   (August 8, 1849, text "BA" — reprint, Oquawka Spectator)  (noted as copied from the Flag of Our Union)
  • "To My Mother"   (October 29, 1849, text "CB" — reprint, Richmond Examiner)
  • "To My Mother"  (November 17, 1849 — reprint, Literary World)  (reprinted from "C")
  • "To My Mother"  (December 7, 1849 — reprint, Herald, New York)
  • "To My Mother"  (December 8, 1849 — reprint, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, New York)  (Reprinted from Herald)
  • "To My Mother"   (December 1849, text "CC" — reprint with minor prefatory material, Sartain's)
  • "To My Mother"   (December 1849, text "CD" — reprint, Southern Literary Messenger)
  • "To My Mother"   (November 24, 1849, text "CE" — reprint, Home Journal)
  • "To My Mother"  (April 1850 — reprint, Sartain's, p. 312)
  • "[To My Mother]"   (October 30, 1858, text "CF" — reprint, Home Journal, included in a "letter" about Poe by N. P. Willis.)

Associated Material and Special versions:

  • “To My Mother” — 1930s — In the 1930s, a number of companies manufactured Mother's Day plaques using the first stanza of Poe's poem.


  • 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.
  • 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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