The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe
To My Mother
- Year Published: 1903
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Poe, E.A. (1903). The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Edition, Volume 5. New York: P. F. Collier and Son.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 4.8
- Word Count: 117
- Genre: Poetry
- Keywords: family, loss, love
- ✎ Cite This
Poe, E. (1903). To My Mother. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved May 30, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5279/to-my-mother/
Poe, Edgar Allan. "To My Mother." The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Lit2Go Edition. 1903. Web. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5279/to-my-mother/>. May 30, 2023.
Edgar Allan Poe, "To My Mother," The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Lit2Go Edition, (1903), accessed May 30, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5279/to-my-mother/.
Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother,"
Therefore by that dear name I long have called you—
You who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you
In setting my Virginia's spirit free.
My mother–my own mother, who died early,
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.