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An Enigma Analysis

Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 1411

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"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.


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Personally I believe the pootang slayer himself EDGAR ALLAN POE wrote this POEm about a women, specifically a woman that's name can be found in the POEm. The POEm itself is an enigma to figure out the name

| Posted on 2014-09-23 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest

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You know what Edgar Allen Poe did in the Poem \'An Enigma\'? HE CUT THE ROCK OFF AT SECOND BASE. Now when I read this poem, I can only interpret it as a direct attempt to serve the rock up a steaming slice of Poontang Pie.

| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest

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You don\'t know what you\'re talking about, and if this goes any further, I will have to resort to fisticuffs, just as the late great Mr Poe once did in Alabama. GO ONE ON ONE WITH THE GREAT ONE.

| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest

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No no no no! The poster below is completely wrong. This poem is all about the enigmatic nature of Poe\'s personal life, especially that of Sarah Anne Lewis named in the poem!

| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest

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I think the poem is about the flismy nature of other sonnets with no deep or hidden meanings, which draws attention to the literally hidden message in \'An Engima\' which is the cryptic name.

| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest

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E.A.P. is literally saying the names are embedded within the poem. Set like stone. The poem is dedicated to Sarah anna lewis. the name is found by searching for the first letter of the first line and then the second letter of the second line and so on.. which is a code(?) he used in another one of his poems; a valentine. which is adressed to F-s S O-d (another poem) go figure it out yourself.

| Posted on 2009-06-24 | by a guest

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I don't think you should actually put your email on the internet like x
p.s. i might email you 4 fun hahahaha

| Posted on 2009-03-30 | by a guest

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This poem is talking about Sarah Anna Lewis, a poetess that helped Poe through some hard times. This is a sonnet with iambic pentameter. He is saying that this poem has more substance within it than others, but given his last few lines, I would venture to guess that he is saying that the true meaning lies not within the lines, but in the name that he hid. It is immortal, because she is immortal, and knowing little fame in his own life, he has given longevity to his sonnet by attaching it to another artist.

| Posted on 2008-10-15 | by a guest

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He criticises the fluffy, pretty meanings of all other sonnets, while instilling within his own the name of a mysterious woman -Sara Hanna Lewis. Was there no form to the muses of the other sonnets? Is this a simple example of human arrogance? I don't know -thinks- The poem's heft, he says, comes from the name that forms it's diagonal ... strong form. Sara Hanna Lewis. I wish I knew more about this mysterious woman. Maybe this is the response Poe wished to elicit from his readers? Obviously she was of importance to him... Perhaps she supported him through all his drug escapades and his insanity? Funny thought. I don't know about this one ... except it is an odd, profound complement to Ms. Lewis.

| Posted on 2004-10-26 | by molested

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I read this poem in the ninth grade for school. On the bottom of the page where it was, there was an explanation of what it meant. I remember that it has a hidden meaning. I know what the message is, but I can't remember what the type of poem it is. its a certain type. The message is read by reading the first letter of the first line, the second letter of the second line, third, forth, etc. Don't count spaces. Only letters. The message is a name. It's Sara Hanna Lewis. I dont remember what she has to do with anything, but I'm looking for the type of poem it is. If anyone knows what type of poem it is please email me. My email address is lifescraptacular2000@yahoo.com Please let me know if you know.

| Posted on 2004-08-08 | by Approved Guest

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