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To M-- (1828) by Edgar Allan Poe


"To M--" is written by Edgar Allan Poe. This poem was originally written with the title "Alone", but used the title "To M--" in Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems. When it was republished in 1829, it used the title "Alone".

This poem is most likely written to his future wife after Virginia died. He states that even though he has waited, he can't bring his heart to wait anymore. The "M" most likely stands for "Marie".

"To M--" is written as five stanzas with four lines in each. The rhyme scheme is ABAB.


To M--

O! I care not that my earthly lot
  Hath little of Earth in it,
That years of love have been forgot
  In the fever of a minute:

I heed not that the desolate
  Are happier, sweet, than I,
But that you meddle with my fate
  Who am a passer by.

It is not that my founts of bliss
  Are gushing- strange! with tears-
Or that the thrill of a single kiss
  Hath palsied many years-

'Tis not that the flowers of twenty springs
  Which have wither'd as they rose
Lie dead on my heart-strings
  With the weight of an age of snows.

Not that the grass- O! may it thrive!
  On my grave is growing or grown-
But that, while I am dead yet alive
  I cannot be, lady, alone.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Being Alone, Lost Love, Sadness