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To One in Paradise by Edgar Allan Poe


"To One in Paradise" is written by Edgar Allan Poe. This poem was first published as part of the short story titled "The Visionary" (later retitled as "The Assignation"). The poem was also published under the names "To lanthe in Heaven" and "To One Beloved". The title "To One in Paradise" was used in the February 25, 1843 Saturday Musuem.

This poem was written after the death of Poe's wife. He writes that she was his life and he lived for her and now he looks forward to the future where they will be together again in death.

"To One in Paradise" is written as four stanzas with six or seven lines in each. Each stanza is rhymed differently. The first stanza rhymes as ABABCB and the second as ABABABA.


To One in Paradise

Thou wast that all to me, love,
For which my soul did pine -
A green isle in the sea, love, -
A fountain and a shrine
All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers
And all the flowers were mine.
Ah, dream too bright to last;
Oh, starry Hope! that didst arise
But to be overcast!
A voice from out the Future cries
'On! on!' - but o'er the Past
(Dim gulf!) my spirit hovering lies
Mute, motionless, aghast!
For, alas! alas! with me
The light of Life is o'er!
No more - no more - no more
(Such language holds the solemn sea
To the sands upon the shore)
Shall bloom the thunder-blasted tree,
Or the stricken eagle soar!
And all my days are trances,
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy dark eye glances,
And where thy footstep gleams -
In what ethereal dances
By what eternal streams.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Death, Religion, Life, Flower, Nature