Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. T. O. Mabbott), “To — (Sleep on),” The Collected Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. I: Poems (1969), pp. 223-225 (This material is protected by copyright)


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TO ———
(“Sleep on”)

This poem appeared in the Baltimore Saturday Visiter of May 11, 1833, signed “Tamerlane.” I cannot think another Baltimore [page 224:] poet in 1833 used that name, and I regard the ascription to Poe as sure, like that of the companion piece, “Fanny,” which followed in the next week. John C. French reprinted the pieces in Modern Language Notes for May 1918 (33:265-266).

Nothing is known of the lady to whom the poem is addressed. Miss Phillips (I, 456), suggested that Poe’s foster mother was here “etherealized” — but the poem is obviously addressed to a living person, if anyone. It is not impossible that the poet addressed it to Mary Starr, but it is surely not the lost “reproachful” poem discussed below at p. 232.

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15  Compare Politian, Vl, 41: “The sands of time are changed to golden grains.”

19-20  The ending is very like two lines in Shelley’s “Mutability” (1821): “Dream thou — and from thy sleep, / Then wake to weep.”





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