To My Mother

Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother,"
Therefore by that dear name I long have called you-
You who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you
In setting my Virginia's spirit free.
My mother- my own mother, who died early,
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.

by Edgar Allan Poe

Comments (8)

This is such a great parallel to 'The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, as Lily loses her own mother and finds a new one in many different women. Definitely using this for my essay on the novel!
Agreed! Great explanation!
Wow, so nice. i love it
I hope his wife follows the same logic. This is how love is extended and appreciated.
@L J i believed there is three concept to put into account here: 1. My mother- my own mother, who died early- this is to say persona lost his mother and someone else took care of him. But, who? but you Are mother to the one I loved so dearly his grandma. Then what? By that infinity with which my wife Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life After leaving his grandma he married a mother of his children; I mean a wife. In short he his expressing his appreciation to MOTHERS for taking care of him and the love they have for male Species.
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