The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe
- 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: 8.0
- Word Count: 123
- Genre: Poetry
- Keywords: writing
- ✎ Cite This
Poe, E. (1903). Elizabeth. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 03, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5287/elizabeth/
Poe, Edgar Allan. "Elizabeth." The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Lit2Go Edition. 1903. Web. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5287/elizabeth/>. June 03, 2023.
Edgar Allan Poe, "Elizabeth," The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Lit2Go Edition, (1903), accessed June 03, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5287/elizabeth/.
Elizabeth, it surely is most fit
[Logic and common usage so commanding]
In thy own book that first thy name be writ,
Zeno and other sages notwithstanding;
And I have other reasons for so doing
Besides my innate love of contradiction;
Each poet - if a poet - in pursuing
The muses thro' their bowers of Truth or Fiction,
Has studied very little of his part,
Read nothing, written less - in short's a fool
Endued with neither soul, nor sense, nor art,
Being ignorant of one important rule,
Employed in even the theses of the school-
Called - I forget the heathenish Greek name
[Called anything, its meaning is the same]
"Always write first things uppermost in the heart."