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A Valentine

Edgar Allan Poe 1809 (Boston) – 1849 (Baltimore)

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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. he was especially known for his amazing poem "Annabelle Lee". And we love the songs made out of his poetry. more…

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