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To F-- by Edgar Allan Poe


"To F--" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in Broadway Journal in 1845 (the April issue and September issue). In the second issue, the poem was cut down to four lines and used the title "To Frances". The poem is also a rework of "To Mary" (1935) and "To One Departed" (1842).

This poem speaks about his love and his struggle with it. Perhaps it is the distance (physically or mentally) or something else. Nonetheless, he sees the good sides of things and realizes that he loves her.

This poem consists of two stanzas with seven lines in each. The rhyme scheme is ABAABAA-ABAABAB.


To F--

Beloved! amid the earnest woes
  That crowd around my earthly path-
(Drear path, alas! where grows
Not even one lonely rose)-
  My soul at least a solace hath
In dreams of thee, and therein knows
An Eden of bland repose.

And thus thy memory is to me
  Like some enchanted far-off isle
In some tumultuous sea-
Some ocean throbbing far and free
  With storms- but where meanwhile
Serenest skies continually
Just o'er that one bright island smile.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century