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: 3.4
- Word Count: 184
- Genre: Poetry
- Keywords: riddle
- ✎ Cite This
Poe, E. (1903). An Enigma. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 05, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5291/an-enigma/
Poe, Edgar Allan. "An Enigma." The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Lit2Go Edition. 1903. Web. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5291/an-enigma/>. June 05, 2023.
Edgar Allan Poe, "An Enigma," The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Lit2Go Edition, (1903), accessed June 05, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/147/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe/5291/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 lie concealed within 't.