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Sonnet-To Science by Edgar Allan Poe


"Sonnet-To Science" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a traditional Shakespearean sonnet. It states that science is the enemy of poets because it takes away many mysteries that the world provide. During the time of its writing, Poe was concerned with the influx of modern science and social sciences because he saw it was taking away from spiritual beliefs.

Like all Shakespearean sonnets, this poem is written in iambic-pentameter with fourteen lines. However, unlike most Shakespearean sonnets which have the rhyme scheme of ABAB-CDCD-EFEF-GG, Poe goes ahead and rhymes the "C" lines with the "B" lines.


Sonnet-To Science

Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art!
  Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.
Why preyest thou thus upon the poet's heart,
  Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?
How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise,
  Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering
To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies,
  Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?
Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?
  And driven the Hamadryad from the wood
To seek a shelter in some happier star?
  Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,
The Elfin from the green grass, and from me
The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Sonnet, Spirituality, Science, Religion