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Recorded for Poem-a-Day April 14, 2019. Read by the Academy of American Poets staff.
About this Poem 

“Edgar Allan Poe” was published in Dreams of Life: Miscellaneous Poems (Fortune and Peterson, 1905).

Edgar Allan Poe

I know not why, but it is true—it may,
In some way, be because he was a child
Of the fierce sun where I first wept and smiled—
I love the dark-browed Poe. His feverish day
Was spent in dreams inspired, that him beguiled,
When not along his path shone forth one ray
Of light, of hope, to guide him on the way,
That to earth's cares he might be reconciled.
Not one of all Columbia's tuneful choir
Has pitched his notes to such a matchless key
As Poe—the wizard of the Orphic lyre!
Not one has dreamed, has sung, such songs as he,
   Who, like an echo came, an echo went,
   Singing, back to his mother element.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on April 14, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on April 14, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

Timothy Thomas Fortune

Timothy Thomas Fortune

Timothy Thomas Fortune was born in Marianna, Florida, in 1856.