The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe/Volume 2/An Enigma

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The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe
Volume II. Poems and Tales

An Enigma
 

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.