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ELIZABETH (1850)
by
[Edgar Allan Poe]


Elizabeth, it surely is most fit
([Logic] and common usage so commanding)
In thy own [book] that first thy [name9 be writ,
[Zeno] and other [sage]s 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 [bower]s 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]."

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