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Poem by 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
Bubblesephemeral and so transparent
⁠But this is, now,you may depend upon it
Stable, opaque, immortalall by dint
Of the dear names that lie concealed within 't.



Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe's other poems:
  1. An Acrostic
  2. Sancta Maria
  3. Elizabeth
  4. To the River
  5. In Youth I have Known One


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Cowper An Enigma ("A needle, small as small can be")

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