Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Impromptu. To Kate Carol” (Text-02), Broadway Journal, April 26, 1845, 1:271, col. 1


[page 271, column 1, continued:]


When from your gems of thought I turn

To those pure orbs, your heart to learn,

I scarce know which to prize most high —

The bright i-dea, or the bright dear-eye.



T. O. Mabbott assigns this poem to Poe with confidence. It appears at the end of issue of the Broadway Journal, under a section with the heading “Miscellany.”

Kate Carol was a pseudonym used by Frances S. Osgood. Over that name, her poem “The Rivalet's Dream” was published in the Broadway Journal for April 5, 1845. The same poem is included in the collection of Mrs. Osgood's poems published in 1849, though there it appears under a different title.

Frances S. Osgood copied Poe's little poetic response and gave it to Elizabeth Oakes Smith, giving it the title “To the Sinless Child.” This copy is now preserved in the library of the University of Virginia.


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