[NARRATOR] This is a poem from one of the great Romantic masters, Pars (1812 - 1843), who died of tuberculosis. Many suspect its lilting lines hide a clever riddle, alongside its strange finishing line, seeming to represent the full fall from sanity of the poem’s subject.

Riddles in excess, dost their value I depress?

Goodbye, to you two, I will see you… someday.

But to save them, this love, gently spiraling…

See them after, their love thou must redress.

And as the blue jays fly away…

[NARRATOR] This riddle is as of yet unsolved. The work resolves into a maddening scrawl, but one final word remains.


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    $\begingroup$ Did you mean dost? $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Jan 13 at 12:49


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