Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. T. O. Mabbott), “To Isaac Lea,” The Collected Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. I: Poems (1969), p. 147 (This material is protected by copyright)


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This was written, probably impromptu, in a letter to the publisher Isaac Lea, not long before May 27, 1829, when it was docketed as answered. It was published in transcript with a photographic facsimile by A. H. Quinn in his Edgar Allan Poe (1941), pages 138-143. The “cause” is poetry, and the language of the marriage service of the Church of England is echoed in the verses. Lea (1792-1886) was the son-in-law and partner of the noted publisher Matthew Carey, and the letter concerned a plan (which came to nothing) to have the firm of Carey and Lea publish the Al Aaraaf volume.



This bit of verse has since been traced to Hudibras and is thus not really by Poe.


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