Poetry Project

Edwin Guevara

By Edgar Allan Poe

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines!- they hold a treasure
Divine- a talisman- an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
The words- the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets- as the name is a poet's, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto- Mendez Ferdinando-
Still form a synonym for Truth- Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.
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The literal meaning of this poem is that Edgar Allan Poe wrote a love letter to his secret lover as a riddle so that no one would find out who it was for. The lovers name is hidden in the first letter of the first line, the second letter of the second line, the third letter of the third line etc...


The poem is a riddle to reveal the speakers secret lover. the speaker's tone is playful because he is trying to play with the readers mind by making this poam a riddle. the emotion of this poem is romantic, the speaker talks very kindly and lovely about his secret lover.


there is 20 lines and they're kind of short, tyhe lines dont go longer then 10 words. the reason for the poem to be arranged like this is because his lovers name is hidden in between the lines. "search narrowly the lines" the speaker uses alot of exclamation points to show his emotion about the reader finding who his secret lover is.


the word choice is alittle unusual because the speaker uses words to help the speaker solve the riddle. the speaker makes an allusion that the secret lover is a poet too "as the name is a poets too." he uses similes an example is when the speaker compares the lovers beautiful eyes to the twins of Loeda "for her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes, brightly expressed as the twins of Leoda." He uses a metaphor to that her name is a treasure "search narrowly the lines! they hold a treasure." He also uses personification "its letters, although naturally lying, like the knights pinto Mendez Ferdinando Still form a synonym for truth.
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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts in January 19, 1809. He didn't really know his parents. His father abandoned his family, and his mother passed away when he was a child. He was taken in by a family in Virginia. Poe had difficulties paying for the university of Virginia. Although he is best known for his stories and poems of mystery and horror; Poe was a critic, and editor. Poe lived to be 40 years old and died in 1849 from congestion of the brain.