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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 he concealed within 't.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • * Sunprincess * (3/15/2014 8:33:00 AM)

    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-
    ......great lines...enjoyed immensely..

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  • Ed Nigma (1/11/2014 5:17:00 PM)

    This poem reminds me of a man that people have a hard time relating to because of his view and how he is as a person. This poem for me comes across about a man that can only truly appreciate certain individuals in life that touch him so deeply and profoundly since most don't and that he keeps a mental record of all they are written on his heart and in his mind. Great work.

  • Liliana ~el (10/26/2013 6:40:00 AM)

    A meaningful search finally fulfilled!

  • Kenneth Sigmund (7/23/2013 11:52:00 AM)

    Brilliant! Gritty! Soulful!

  • Cambridge Keenan (7/14/2013 10:51:00 PM)

    nothing much has changed from Poe's time til today...everyone still seeks meaning somewhere or another...really who can judge their answers...

  • Aradia Megido (4/27/2013 3:13:00 PM)

    i think i sort of understand this poem

    it's like he's saying

    how in many poems

    things sound clever and witty and meaningful

    but many of them are as nonsensical as this one

    they appear to be meaningful

    but if you look hard enough you can see right through them

    like an enigma

    which is

    the title

    yeah

  • Carlos Echeverria (10/26/2012 10:54:00 AM)

    DEAR NAMES HE CONCEALED WITHIN IT...Poe is boasting of his talent(and ensuing immortality (fame)) through parody.

  • Ramesh T A (10/26/2010 3:10:00 AM)

    It is really an enigmatic sonnet to read!

  • Michael Webster (1/19/2010 10:46:00 AM)

    'how dare to 'appreciate' poet like poe who was once a drunkard poet? '

    Hmm... no, you still don't make sense.

  • Rommel Mark Marchan (10/27/2009 9:12:00 PM)

    i mean to appreciate

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