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To My Mother Analysis



Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 2255

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Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,

The angels, whispering to one another,

Can find, among their burning terms of love,

None so devotional as that of "Mother,"

Therefore by that dear name I long have called you-

You who are more than mother unto me,

And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you

In setting my Virginia's spirit free.

My mother- my own mother, who died early,

Was but the mother of myself; but you

Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,

And thus are dearer than the mother I knew

By that infinity with which my wife

Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.








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this is about his mother for of whom died when he was only two years old, he writes this as he is having tough times with his foster parents and is wishing yet remembering his mother to come back to be his again. but yet he knows she is watching down on him as she is the best mother in the world...to him

| Posted on 2012-05-14 | by a guest


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are there any poetry devices in this poem?
like personification, hyberole, alliteration, metaphor, or simile?

| Posted on 2010-04-29 | by a guest


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i think this poem was about a boy that lost his mother at a young age and i just want to say edger allen poe is a great poet and i love his work.

| Posted on 2010-04-19 | by a guest


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the actual meaing of the poem you will find is that The poem is called “To My Mother” by Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer and poet. His father who was called David Jr. died when Poe was one years old and he was later orphaned at the age of two when his mother, Elisabeth, died. He married his thirteen year old cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm at the age of twenty six. His mother-in-law who was called Maria Poe Clemm lived with him and his wife throughout all of their twelve year marriage. “To My Mother” was written in 1849 after his wife died in January 1847.
By reading the poem carefully I have come to reach the conclusion that this poem wasn’t written about his mother at all but to his mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm, to whom he though of as his mother because when he became orphaned, Edgar went to live with his uncle and aunt Maria and she cared for him more than his own mother. Also another reason that maybe Poe addressed his aunt Maria was because she was the “mother to the one” he “loved so dearly” in other words Virginia Clemm, his wife.
In line one to four Edgar Allan Poe goes onto say how even angels can‘t find “ among their burning terms of love , none so devotional as that of mother, therefore by that dear name I have called you” which implies that Maria had a more maternal role in his life rather than his two stepmothers and his biological mother. In lines seven to eight the poem gets a little bit puzzling because in the poem it says that “and fill my hearts of hearths, where death installed you, in setting my Virginia’s spirit free” but according to “Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography” he is referring to the fact that even after Virginia’s death he still thinks of his aunt Maria as his mother and calls her mother
In lines nine to twelve he starts to compare his love for his actual mother and his Aunt Maria the “ mother of whom he loved so dearly” by saying that Maria is “dearer than the mother he knew”. in the final lines of his poem he goes on to say how the love for himself and the love for Virginia is different.

| Posted on 2009-10-12 | by a guest


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its very interesting poem by great poet Edgar Allen Poe
I think in my best understandig he wanted to compare the love he owe to his mother and his dear wife who died at her young adge.

| Posted on 2009-06-13 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about, comfort and appreciation. in the first paragraph edger sets up the value of the word mother by using the analogy of angels, who are pure and close to god. so by saying that if something so close to god could not find a better word for love than mother, he tells you how much value and how deep this one simple word means TO HIM. That is why he has "called her by hat dear name (to him) for so long. Edger also lets his mother in-law know that she is held higher in his mind than his own mother, because she gave birth and raised a person that held more value than him.
In the last paragraph he lets his grieving mother in-law know that her child was TRULEY loved. And that his love for her is "infinity" (never ending).
What he is saying is that he loved her more than his own soul, or his own life. He is also telling her that is LOVE for his wife will go on longer than her own life did.
I find as a mother of a daughter a very MOVING AND COMFORTING poem. if my child were to die and her husband let me know that he loved her that much and valued me because I brought someone into the world that touched him so deeply, would move me to tears.
But it would also comfort me in ways only a mom could understand. he is also telling her that she has him as a son in his mind. This is a poem so deep with love, gratitude,and comfort that you need SCUBA GEAR! This poem is COMPLIMENT!
ALSO THE TERM HEART OF HEARTS REFERS TO CENTER OF YOUR HEART THE MOST SACRED PLACE. THE "HEART" THAT BEATS WITHIN YOUR HEART. If SOMEONE FILLS YOUR HEART OF HEARTS THEY GIVE YOU THE CAPACITY TO LOVE.THEY KEEP THE TIMY HEART..INSIDE..YOU’RE HEART GOING. if THE TINY HEART NSIDE STOPS BEATING THEN YOU OWN HEART AND ABILITY TO LOVE WILL DIE, just AS OUR HUMAN BODY WOULD DIE IF OUR (CENTER)HEATRT STOPPED BEATING.
Edger is telling his mother in law that even in her time of loss that she is the reason his heart beats because she gave him Virginia, and even though his wife is gone her mother (a part of his wife, the person who made her)is still with him and he is thankful.
By: Crystal Poe Nemec

| Posted on 2009-03-31 | by a guest


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I think this poem is abut ,comfort and appreciation. in the first paragraph edger sets up the value of the word mother by using the analogy of angels,who are pure and close to god.so by saying that if something so close to god could no find a better word for love than mother,he tells you how much value and how deep this one simple word means TO HIM.that is why he has "called her by hat dear name (to him)for so long. Edger also lets his mother in-law know that she is held higher in his mind than his own mother,because she gave birth and raised a person that held more value then him.
In the last paragraph he lets his grieving mother in-law know that her child was TRULEY loved.and that his love for her is "infinity" (never ending).
What he is saying is that he loved her more than his own soul,or his own life. He is also telling her that is LOVE for his wife will go on longer than her own life did.
I find as a mother of a daughter a very MOVING AND COMFORTING poem. if my child were to die and her husband let me know that he loved her that much and valued me because i brought someone into the world that touched him so deeply, would move me to tears.
But it would also comfort me in ways only a mom could understand.he is also telling her that she has him as a son in his mind.This is a poem so deep with love,gratitude,and comfort that you need SCUBA GEAR! This poem is COMPLIMENT!
ALSO THE TERM HEART OF HEARTS REFERS TO CENTER OF YOUR HEART THE MOST SACRED PLACE. THE "HEART" THAT BEATS WITHIN YOUR HEART.if SOMEONE FILLS YOUR HEART OF HEARTS THEY GIVE YOU THE CAPACITY TO LOVE.THEY KEEP THE TIMY HEART..INSIDE..YOUR HEART GOING. if THE TINY HEART NSIDE STOPS BEATING THEN YOU OWN HEART AND ABILITY TO LOVE WILL DIE,just AS OUR HUMAN BODY WOULD DIE IF OUR (CENTER)HEATRT STOPPED BEATING.
Edger is telling his mother in law that even in her time of loss that she is the reason his heart beats because she ave him virginia, and even tho his wife is gone her mother (a part of his wife,the person who made her)is still with him and he is thankful.
By:Crystal Poe Nemec

| Posted on 2009-03-31 | by a guest


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It's about his Aunt/Mother-in-law. Edgar Allen Poe's real mother died when he was very young and his adoptive mother died as well. I believe that this was written to his Aunt right after Virginia died as a way to show their mutual grief and to tell her that he still loved her like a mother even though the girl that they both loved was now dead. It confronts both his grief at the loss of his wife, and his remaining love for his Aunt. Amazing poem.

| Posted on 2009-02-23 | by a guest


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I think that he is saying he has only ever truly loved his mother and and maybe motherly figures in his life.
And wishes that he could be with his mother as he is with his mother in law.
I also think i saying that there is no love that can be compared to that of a mother's.

| Posted on 2008-12-25 | by a guest


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i agree with the hearts of hearts but i dont agree with the regret. he's happy that his "step" mother (which is really his aunt) brought his wife Virginia to life and he is upset that his mother died and he is upset that is step mother died

| Posted on 2008-11-12 | by a guest


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i believe that the poem tells the love Poe had for his 13 year old cuzin whom was his wife not his real mother. n the regret he feels for the short time he was in love

| Posted on 2008-09-29 | by a guest


.: Heart of hearts :.

This struck me. I wonder what he meant by "heart of hearts". Perhaps it means he holds the memories of many beloved people in his heart. I don't know but I would like to.

| Posted on 2008-04-08 | by a guest


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This work was actually addressed to his mother in law, who was also his aunt because edgar allen poe married his cousin.
"And thus are dearer than the mother I knew, by that infinity with which my wife was dearer to my soul than its soul life"

| Posted on 2008-02-07 | by a guest


.: Great poem :.

This is very deep. It's sad that his mother died early but i think she'd be proud if she knew he had missed her so much and cherished her so much.

| Posted on 2008-02-05 | by a guest


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This was an awesome poem! i can feel what he was feeling in his words. Edgar Allan Poe is an awesome poet.i can feel his lost over his mother. Edgar Allan Poe's mother must have been veryfortunate to have a son like that. Great job n this poe and all of the other poems you have written!

A.C. Metcalfe

| Posted on 2005-07-16 | by Approved Guest




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