Text: Thomas Ollive Mabbott, “An Early Satire,” The Collected Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. I: Poems (1969), p. 5 (This material is protected by copyright)


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A schoolmate at Clarke's about 1823, Colonel John T. L Preston, long afterward wrote “Some Reminiscences of Edgar A. Poe as a Schoolboy” (see Sara Sigourney Rice, Edgar Allan Poe, A Memorial Volume, 1877, p. 41). Preston says:

Not a little of Poe's time, in school and out of it, was occupied with writing verses. As we sat together he would show them to me, and even sometimes ask my opinion, and now and then my assistance. I recall at this moment his consulting me about one particular line, as to whether the word groat would properly rhyme with such a word as not.

Poe could hardly have used the word “groat” in any save a satirical poem. This satire is not one of the three satires dealt with below.





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