“Sonnet — To Science” by Edgar Allan Poe

ImageI love Edgar Allan Poe for his melodic writings that explore his fearless insight into the macabre. So I was happy to know that the Academy of American Poetry featured his poem, “Sonnet–To Science” as the Sept. 29, 2013, Poem-a-Day newsletter piece. The academy’s website is Poets.org.

From the newsletter: 

About This Poem: Poe’s work as an editor, a poet, and a critic had a profound impact on American and international literature. His stories mark him as one of the originators of both horror and detective fiction. Often overlooked, however, is Poe’s interest in science and his efforts to bridge science and literature. 

“Sonnet — To Science”


Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art!    

Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes. 

Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,    

Vulture, whose wings are dull realities? 

How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise,    

Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering 

To seek for treasure in the jewelled skies,    

Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing? 

Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car,    

And driven the Hamadryad from the wood 

To seek a shelter in some happier star?    

Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood, 

The Elfin from the green grass, and from me 

The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree? 

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