|Notes ||This version was first published in the collection The Raven and Other Poems in 1845. It is addressed to Frances Sargent Osgood, and sometimes published under the title "To Frances S. Osgood" |
Originally titled as "To Elizabeth", referring to Poe's cousin Elizabeth Herring. A revised version was published in the September 1835 issue of the Southern Literary Messenger as “Lines Written in an Album” and apparently addressed to Eliza White. The poem was renamed to the ambiguous “To —” in the August 1839 issue of Burton’s Gentlemen’s Magazine.
First line: Thou wouldst be loved? — then let thy heart