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Romance by Edgar Allan Poe


"Romance" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It first appeared as a preface of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems in 1829. It didn't take the title of "Romance" until February 25, 1843 in the Philadelphia Saturday Museum--the version seen below. The longest veresion was included as an introduction in 1831 to Poems by Edgar A. Poe.

This poem is about finding love and how the author thinks that he didn't have the time to care for romance or love. He thinks that it might even be a bad thing if he did, but he couldn't stop his heart if it trembled.

This writing consists of two stanzas with ten lines in each. It is made up of couplet rhymes.



Romance, who loves to nod and sing,
With drowsy head and folded wing,
Among the green-leaves, as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
  Hath been - a most familiar bird -
Taught me my alphabet to say -
  To lisp my very earliest word,
While in the wild-wood I did lie,
A child - with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal Condor years
  So shake the very Heaven on high
  With tumult as they thunder by,
I scarcely have had time for cares
  Through gazing on the unquiet sky!
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings -
That little hour, with lyre and rhyme,
  To while away (forbidden things!)
My heart would feel to be a crime,
  Unless it trembled with the strings.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Love, Relationship

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