To One in Paradise by Edgar Allan Poe
"To One in Paradise" is written by Edgar Allan Poe. This poem was first published as part of the short story titled "The Visionary" (later retitled as "The Assignation"). The poem was also published under the names "To lanthe in Heaven" and "To One Beloved". The title "To One in Paradise" was used in the February 25, 1843 Saturday Musuem.
This poem was written after the death of Poe's wife. He writes that she was his life and he lived for her and now he looks forward to the future where they will be together again in death.
"To One in Paradise" is written as four stanzas with six or seven lines in each. Each stanza is rhymed differently. The first stanza rhymes as ABABCB and the second as ABABABA.
To One in Paradise Thou wast that all to me, love, For which my soul did pine - A green isle in the sea, love, - A fountain and a shrine All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers And all the flowers were mine. Ah, dream too bright to last; Oh, starry Hope! that didst arise But to be overcast! A voice from out the Future cries 'On! on!' - but o'er the Past (Dim gulf!) my spirit hovering lies Mute, motionless, aghast! For, alas! alas! with me The light of Life is o'er! No more - no more - no more (Such language holds the solemn sea To the sands upon the shore) Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree, Or the stricken eagle soar! And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams - In what ethereal dances By what eternal streams. Published in 1843.
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