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An Enigma

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

"Seldom we find," says Solomon Don Dunce,
  "Half an idea in the profoundest sonnet.
  Through all the flimsy things we see at once
  As easily as through a Naples bonnet-
  Trash of all trash!- how can a lady don it?
  Yet heavier far than your Petrarchan stuff-
  Owl-downy nonsense that the faintest puff
  Twirls into trunk-paper the while you con it."
  And, veritably, Sol is right enough.
  The general tuckermanities are arrant
  Bubbles- ephemeral and so transparent-
  But this is, now- you may depend upon it-
  Stable, opaque, immortal- all by dint
  Of the dear names that he concealed within 't.

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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. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. more…

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