Poemas

By Edgar Allan Poe

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y llana de este caso raro y serio
y el enigma averiguar.
¡Corazón! Calma un instante y aclaremos el misterio...
--Es el viento--y nada más!»

La ventana abrí--y con rítmico aleteo y garbo extraño
entró un cuervo majestuoso de la sacra edad de antaño.
Sin pararse ni un instante ni señales dar de susto,
con aspecto señorial,
fué a posarse sobre un busto de Minerva que ornamenta
de mi puerta el cabezal;
sobre el busto que de Palas la figura representa,
fué y posose--¡y nada más!

Trocó entonces el negro pájaro en sonrisas mi tristeza
con su grave, torva y seria decorosa gentileza;
y le dije: «Aunque la cresta calva llevas, de seguro
no eres cuervo nocturnal,
viejo, infausto cuervo oscuro, vagabundo en la tiniebla...
Dime:--«¿Cuál tu nombre, cuál
en el reino plutoniano de la noche y de la niebla?...»
Dijo el cuervo: «¡Nunca más!»

Asombrado quedé oyendo así hablar al avechucho,
si bien su árida respuesta no expresaba poco o mucho;
pues preciso es convengamos en que nunca hubo criatura
que lograse contemplar
ave alguna en la moldura de su puerta encaramada,
ave o bruto reposar
sobre efigie en la cornisa de su puerta, cincelada,
con tal nombre: «¡Nunca más!»

Mas el cuervo, fijo, inmóvil, en la grave efigie aquella,
sólo dijo esa palabra, cual si su alma fuese en ella
vinculada--ni una pluma sacudía, ni un acento
se le oía pronunciar...
Dije entonces al momento: «Ya otros antes se han marchado,
y la aurora al despuntar,
él también se irá volando cual mis sueños han volado.»
Dijo el cuervo:»¡Nunca más!»

Por respuesta tan abrupta como justa sorprendido,
«no hay ya duda alguna--dije--lo que dice es aprendido;
aprendido de algún amo desdichoso a quien la suerte
persiguiera sin cesar,
persiguiera hasta

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For my present purpose, however,--that of enabling the mind to take in, as if from afar and at one glance, a distinct conception of the _individual_ Universe--it is clear that a descent to small from great--to the outskirts from the centre (if we could establish a centre)--to the end from the beginning (if we could fancy a beginning) would be the preferable course, but for the difficulty, if not impossibility, of presenting, in this course, to the unastronomical, a picture at all comprehensible in regard to such considerations as are involved in _quantity_--that is to say, in number, magnitude and distance.
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Nevertheless, as an individual, I may be permitted to say that _I cannot_ conceive Infinity, and am convinced that no human being can.
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The Divine Act, however, being considered as determinate, and discontinued on fulfilment of the diffusion, we understand, at once, a _reaction_--in other words, a _satisfiable_ tendency of the disunited atoms to return into _One_.
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no such thing)--but these principles are clearly _not_ "ultimate;" in other terms what we are in the habit of calling principles are no principles, properly speaking--since there can be but one _principle_, the Volition of God.
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They are part and parcel of the _sphere_.
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Conversing the idea, and employing the word "concentralization" to express _the degree of the drawing together_ as we come back toward the centre from an outward position, we may say that concentralization proceeds _inversely_ as the squares of the distances.
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Irradiation, by which alone these two truths are reconciled, is a consequent truth--I perceive it.
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How this would increase in velocity, is readily seen.
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Now, we know that tokens of such changes are distinctly recognizable.
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The elastic thread, which, of course, varies in length as we move the pea, will form what in geometry is called a _radius vector_.
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Our Sun, the central and controlling orb of the system to which Jupiter belongs, is not only greater than Jupiter, but greater by far than all the planets.
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Now, were the Sun placed upon the Earth, centre over centre, the body of the former would extend, in every direction, not only to the line of the Moon's orbit, but beyond it, a distance of 200,000 miles.
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The star 61 Cygni, then, is nearly 64 trillions of miles from us--or more than three times the distance assigned, _as the least possible_, for Alpha Lyrae.
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This cause--this sufficient reason for the final ingathering--was declared to exist in an exceedingly rare but still material medium pervading space; which medium, by retarding, in some degree, the progress of the comet, perpetually weakened its tangential force; thus giving a predominance to the centripetal; which, of course, drew the comet nearer and nearer at each revolution, and would eventually precipitate it upon the Sun.
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But so far as Astronomy--so far as mere Physics have yet spoken, the cycles of the Universe are perpetual--the Universe has no conceivable end.
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