To The River --

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



Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
        Of crystal, wandering water,
      Thou art an emblem of the glow
          Of beauty- the unhidden heart-
          The playful maziness of art
      In old Alberto's daughter;

      But when within thy wave she looks-
        Which glistens then, and trembles-
      Why, then, the prettiest of brooks
        Her worshipper resembles;
      For in his heart, as in thy stream,
        Her image deeply lies-
      His heart which trembles at the beam
        Of her soul-searching eyes.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 04, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABACCB DDDXEFEF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 530
Words 78
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 8

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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