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To M.L.S--- by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis

"To M.L.S---" is written by Edgar Allan Poe. This poem was written for Marie Louise Shew, who helped Poe's wife Virginia as she was dying. It is a poem to show his deep gratitude (he even calls her an angel). The original version was sent to her dated February 14, 1847. This is the revised version printed in Home Journal on March 13, 1847.

This poem is written as one stanza. There is not a specific rhyme scheme. However, the rhymes that do occur are for structural purposes. Of course, other rhymes occur simply by happenstance.

Poem

To M.L.S---
By 

Of all who hail thy presence as the morning-
Of all to whom thine absence is the night-
The blotting utterly from out high heaven
The sacred sun- of all who, weeping, bless thee
Hourly for hope- for life- ah! above all,
For the resurrection of deep-buried faith
In Truth- in Virtue- in Humanity-
Of all who, on Despair's unhallowed bed
Lying down to die, have suddenly arisen
At thy soft-murmured words, "Let there be light!"
At the soft-murmured words that were fulfilled
In the seraphic glancing of thine eyes-
Of all who owe thee most- whose gratitude
Nearest resembles worship- oh, remember
The truest- the most fervently devoted,
And think that these weak lines are written by him-
By him who, as he pens them, thrills to think
His spirit is communing with an angel's.

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Nationality
American

Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Subjects
Thanksgiving