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Edgar Allan Poe - An Enigma

"Seldom we find," says Solomon Don Dunce, 
"Half an idea in the profoundest sonnet. 
Through all the flimsy things we see at once 
As easily as through a Naples bonnet- 
Trash of all trash!- how can a lady don it? 
Yet heavier far than your Petrarchan stuff- 
Owl-downy nonsense that the faintest puff 
Twirls into trunk-paper the while you con it." 
And, veritably, Sol is right enough. 
The general tuckermanities are arrant 
Bubbles- ephemeral and so transparent- 
But this is, now- you may depend upon it- 
Stable, opaque, immortal- all by dint 
Of the dear names that he concealed within 't.

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: An Enigma
Poem of the Day: Dec 17 2000

Comment 11 of 11, added on July 12th, 2011 at 6:37 PM.
An Enigma By Edgar Allan Poe

The Name Sarah Anna Lewis is the name of the woman who cared for Poes aunt, Mrs. Clemm when Poe was traveling. She was dear to him because she advised him on financial matters and he promoted her Poetry even though he was critical of it. There is no record of them having ever being romantically involved.

Tereasa from United States
Comment 10 of 11, added on June 4th, 2008 at 11:02 PM.

being all of 15 this poem isnt that clear to me but, it does get me thinking. i got the whole sarah anna lewis thing which i thought was quite clever ... but what the heck is a naples bonnet??

Logan from Australia
Comment 9 of 11, added on April 17th, 2007 at 11:49 PM.

i love the poems but at the same time would like to ask a question . can i get help with a poem by the name MYSELF BY EDGAR ALLEN POE

edgar allen poe from United States

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