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Sonnet by Poe, published as a prologue to “Al Aaraaf” in Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems (1829). The poet apostrophizes Science as one whose peering eyes alter all things, as a destroyer of beauty, preying upon the heart of its lover, and as a “Vulture, whose wings are dull realities.” Poe developed the theme of the conflict of scientific thought and poetic feeling in his prose, but later, as in Eureka, considered that the beauty of poetry depended on its representing a scientific concept of an ordered universe.

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