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To -- by Edgar Allan Poe


"To --" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It first appeared in Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems and was reprinted alter in Broadway Journal, the September 20, 1845 issue.

This poem speaks about Poe dreaming of better things. However, once he awakes, he sighs and realizes that he was only dreaming.

"To --" consists of three poems with four lines with the rhyme scheme ABAB.


To --

The bowers whereat, in dreams, I see
  The wantonest singing birds,
Are lips- and all thy melody
  Of lip-begotten words-

Thine eyes, in Heaven of heart enshrined,
  Then desolately fall,
O God! on my funereal mind
  Like starlight on a pall-

Thy heart- thy heart!- I wake and sigh,
  And sleep to dream till day
Of the truth that gold can never buy-
  Of the baubles that it may.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century