by Edgar Allan Poe
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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.