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Poem by Edgar Allan Poe


A Valentine


  For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
    Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
  Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
    Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
  Search narrowly the lines!- they hold a treasure
    Divine- a talisman- an amulet
  That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
    The words- the syllables! Do not forget
  The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
    And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
  Which one might not undo without a sabre,
    If one could merely comprehend the plot.
  Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
    Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
  Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
    Of poets, by poets- as the name is a poet's, too,
  Its letters, although naturally lying
    Like the knight Pinto- Mendez Ferdinando-
  Still form a synonym for Truth- Cease trying!
    You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.



Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe's other poems:
  1. An Acrostic
  2. To the River
  3. In Youth I have Known One
  4. The Divine Right of Kings
  5. Elizabeth


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Lewis Carroll A Valentine ("And cannot pleasures, while they last")
  • Dinah Craik A Valentine ("YE are twa laddies unco gleg")
  • Madison Cawein A Valentine ("My life is grown a witchcraft place")
  • Eugene Field A Valentine ("Your gran'ma, in her youth, was quite")
  • James Fields A Valentine ("She that is fair, though never vain or proud")
  • Henry Livingston A Valentine ("WELLCOME, wellcome, happy day")

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