Saturday, May 30, 2009

Poe Fridays (on Saturday)

’TIS said that when
The hands of men
Tamed this primeval wood,
And hoary trees with groans of woe,
Like warriors by an unknown foe,
Were in their strength subdued,
The virgin Earth
Gave instant birth
To springs that ne’er did flow
That in the sun
Did rivulets run,
And all around rare flowers did blow
The wild rose pale
Perfumed the gale
And the queenly lily adown the dale
(Whom the sun and the dew
And the winds did woo),
With the gourd and the grape luxuriant grew.

So when in tears
The love of years
Is wasted like the snow,
And the fine fibrils of its life
By the rude wrong of instant strife
Are broken at a blow
Within the heart
Do springs upstart
Of which it doth now know,
And strange, sweet dreams,
Like silent streams
That from new fountains overflow,
With the earlier tide
Of rivers glide
Deep in the heart whose hope has died—
Quenching the fires its ashes hide,—
Its ashes, whence will spring and grow
Sweet flowers, ere long,
The rare and radiant flowers of song!

This is apparently among a group of "doubtful" poems - work which Poe might have written, but cannot be conclusively ascribed to him. It is not included in the anthology I own, so I had to look it up online. Thankfully, it's ridiculously easy to find Poe's work on the internet, so I didn't have any problem. It does deal with death, and the loss of true love, which Poe does write about frequently, so it is certainly conceivable this is Poe's work, but for whatever reason he chose not to attribute it to himself.

Next week we will read a short story, The Assignation. Poe Fridays is hosted by Kristen at WeBeReading.

1 comment:

Kristen M. said...

It would be fascinating to find out what sort of works he never completed or threw out ... I'm sure there are many things that he wrote and didn't take credit for as well. I just imagine him always furiously writing.