The Complete Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe Including Essays on Poetry

By Edgar Allan Poe

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each wind. Then
consider the garden of "my own," so overgrown, entangled with roses and
lilies, as to be "a little wilderness"--the fawn loving to be there, and
there "only"--the maiden seeking it "where it _should_ lie"--and not
being able to distinguish it from the flowers until "itself would
rise"--the lying among the lilies "like a bank of lilies"--the loving to
"fill itself with roses,"

"And its pure virgin limbs to fold
In whitest sheets of lilies cold,"

and these things being its "chief" delights--and then the pre-eminent
beauty and naturalness of the concluding lines, whose very hyperbole
only renders them more true to nature when we consider the innocence,
the artlessness, the enthusiasm, the passionate girl, and more
passionate admiration of the bereaved child:

"Had it lived long, it would have been
Lilies without, roses within."

[Footnote 1: "The Book of Gems." Edited by S. C. Hall.]


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Text Comparison with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Comprising the details of a mutiny and atrocious butchery on board the American brig Grampus, on her way to the South Seas, in the month of June, 1827.

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In vain I revolved in my brain a multitude of absurd expedients for procuring light--such expedients precisely as a man in the perturbed sleep occasioned by opium would be apt to fall upon for a similar purpose--each and all of which appear by turns to the dreamer the most reasonable and the most preposterous of conceptions, just as the reasoning or imaginative faculties flicker, alternately, one above the other.
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unevenness on its surface, which a delicate sense of feeling might enable me to detect.
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Hearing the blow and the plunge of the body, the men below could now be induced to venture on deck neither by threats nor promises, until a proposition was made to smoke them out.
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The partition here was of soft pine board, an inch thick, and he saw that he should have little trouble in cutting his way through.
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The desertion of his party had frustrated Peters's design of going into the Pacific--an adventure which could not be accomplished without a crew, and he depended upon either getting acquitted upon trial on the score of insanity (which he solemnly averred had actuated him in lending his aid to the mutiny), or upon obtaining a pardon, if found guilty, through the representations of Augustus and myself.
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From certain indications, too, such, for example, as there being no such thing as an axe or a handspike lying in their customary places, we began to fear that the mate had his suspicions, at least in regard to Peters, and that he would let slip no opportunity of getting rid of him.
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It was necessary, however, to act with decision, and Peters and myself went upon deck.
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In groping along the floor of the passage for this I felt a hard substance, which I immediately grasped, not having time to ascertain what it was, but returning and ascending instantly to the surface.
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We now saw clearly that Augustus could not be saved; that he was evidently dying.
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This circumstance occasioned us the most bitter regret, and filled us with the most depressing and melancholy forebodings.
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Such weakness can scarcely be conceived, and to those who have never been similarly situated will, no doubt, appear unnatural; but it must be remembered that our intellects were so entirely disordered by the long course of privation and terror to which we had been subjected, that we could not justly be considered, at that period, in the light of rational beings.
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In two minutes more, in spite of every preparation, we were hurled on our beam-ends as if by magic, and a perfect wilderness of foam made a clear.
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We now sailed to the southward, without meeting any interruption of moment until the sixteenth, when, at noon, we were in latitude 81° 21', longitude 42° W.
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The schooner had her guns run out, her boarding-nettings up, and every other proper precaution was taken to guard against surprise.
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The height of the opening, as far as we could see into it from the main gorge, was perhaps sixty or seventy feet.
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After a long search, and much danger from the farther caving in of the earth above us, Peters at length cried out to me that he had hold of our companion's foot, and that his whole body was deeply buried beneath the rubbish, beyond a possibility of extricating him.
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And now I found these fancies creating their own realities, and all imagined horrors crowding upon me in fact.
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With these I advanced upon the assailants, firing one after the other in quick succession.
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We were thus relieved from immediate danger, but our situation was still sufficiently gloomy.
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Nothing _white_ was to be found at Tsalal, and nothing otherwise in the subsequent voyage to the region beyond.