Elizabeth by Edgar Allan Poe
"Elizabeth" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was written about Poe's cousin, Elizabeth Rebecca Herring, from Baltimore. He also wrote "To F--S S. O--D" to her. Even though this poem was written in 1829, it was not published until after his death.
This poem is about being a poet. It states that in order to be one, you must live an interesting life and study the craft, otherwise the writer is a "fool" and not a true poet.
This poem is written as one stanza with sixteen lines. It has a rhyme scheme of alternativing rhymes (ABAB, for example).
Elizabeth Elizabeth, it surely is most fit [Logic and common usage so commanding] In thy own book that first thy name be writ, Zeno and other sages notwithstanding; And I have other reasons for so doing Besides my innate love of contradiction; Each poet - if a poet - in pursuing The muses thro' their bowers of Truth or Fiction, Has studied very little of his part, Read nothing, written less - in short's a fool Endued with neither soul, nor sense, nor art, Being ignorant of one important rule, Employed in even the theses of the school- Called - I forget the heathenish Greek name [Called anything, its meaning is the same] "Always write first things uppermost in the heart." Written in 1829 and published in 1850.
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