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Sonnet-To Zante by Edgar Allan Poe


"Sonnet-To Zante" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. This Shakespearean sonnet was first published in the January 1837 issue of the Southern Literary Messenger. It essentially praises the beauty of the island. The final two lines are taken from his earlier poem "Al Aaraaf".

Like all Shakespearean sonnets, this poem is made up of fourteen lines. It is also made up of iambic-pentameters.


Sonnet-To Zante

Fair isle, that from the fairest of all flowers,
  Thy gentlest of all gentle names dost take!
How many memories of what radiant hours
  At sight of thee and thine at once awake!
How many scenes of what departed bliss!
  How many thoughts of what entombed hopes!
How many visions of a maiden that is
  No more- no more upon thy verdant slopes!
No more! alas, that magical sad sound
  Transforming all! Thy charms shall please no more-
Thy memory no more! Accursed ground
  Henceforth I hold thy flower-enameled shore,
O hyacinthine isle! O purple Zante!
  "Isola d'oro! Fior di Levante!"

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