Thursday, February 14, 2013

Virginia Poe's Valentine Acrostic


Ever with thee I wish to roam —
Dearest my life is thine.
Give me a cottage for my home
And a rich old cypress vine,
Removed from the world with its sin and care
And the tattling of many tongues.
Love alone shall guide us when we are there —
Love shall heal my weakened lungs;
And Oh, the tranquil hours we’ll spend,
Never wishing that others may see!
Perfect ease we’ll enjoy, without thinking to lend
Ourselves to the world and its glee —
Ever peaceful and blissful we’ll be.


— Virginia Clemm Poe


Anonymous Valentine acrostic poems first gained popularity around the time of the American Revolution. Even with the advent of Valentine cards in the 1800s Valentine acrostics were still a popular form of expression for lovers and lovers unrequited. The best known Valentine acrostic of the 19th century was not written by a poet, but rather, written to a poet.

Virginia Clemm Poe's 1846 Valentine acrostic was written for her husband Edgar Allan Poe. Young Virginia would not see another Valentine's Day as she succumbed to tuberculosis on January 30, 1847 at the age of  24.