To Margaret

by Edgar Allan Poe

Written 1827

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Who hath seduced thee to this foul revolt  
From the pure well of Beauty undefiled?  
So banish from true wisdom to prefer  
Such squalid wit to honourable rhyme?
To write? To scribble? Nonsense and no more? 
I will not write upon this argument  
To write is human — not to write divine.

To Margaret,” one of many poems by Edgar Allan Poe, was written in 1827.