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To the River -- by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis

"To the River --" is written by Edgar Allan Poe. This poem is originally found in a manuscript collection made by Poe and Lambert A. Wilmer. It was originally written in 1828, but the first actual publication didn't happen Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems with slight revisions in 1829. It was later republished in his collection The Raven and Other Poems.

This poem is about a woman Poe has fallen in love with. The woman seems to be "Alberto's daughter". Poe compares the beauty of the river to his new love.

"To the River --" is written as two stanzas. The first stanza contains six lines with the rhyme scheme ABACCB while the second stanza contains eight lines and the rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDC.

Poem

To the River --
By 

1.
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;

2.
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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Nationality
American

Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Subjects
Nature, Love, Beauty