The Lake (1827) by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Lake" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in 1827 in Poe's Tamerlane and Other Poems but was later revised and republished in his Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems. In 1845, it was again revised with the simple change of the line "In youth's spring, it was my lot" to "In spring of youth it was my lot."
The poem is about the celebration of loneliness and thoughts inspired by a lake.
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"The Lake" is written as four stanzas with six lines in each. The poem is written in rhyming couplets.
The Lake In youth's spring, it was my lot To haunt of the wide world a spot The which I could not love the less- So lovely was the loneliness Of a wild lake, with black rock bound, And the tall pines that towered around. But when the Night had thrown her pall Upon that spot, as upon all, And the mystic wind went by Murmuring in melody- Then- ah then I would awake To the terror of the lone lake. Yet that terror was not fright, But a tremulous delight- A feeling not the jewelled mine Could teach or bribe me to define- Nor Love- although the Love were thine. Death was in that poisonous wave, And in its gulf a fitting grave For him who thence could solace bring To his lone imagining- Whose solitary soul could make An Eden of that dim lake. Published in 1827.
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Romanticism, 19th Century