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Lyrical ballad by Poe, published as “A Paean” in Poems (1831) and considerably revised in later versions (1836, 1843). In four stanzas of seven-stress lines, preserving the fundamental ballad rhythm, it celebrates the death of the poet's beloved:Ah, broken is the golden bowl!—the spirit flown forever!Let the bell toll!—a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river.

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