I have been reading Poe’s Poetry, and, in one or two poems of his, noticed that he uses “ What though “ which I could not figure its meaning out, As here for instance : Poem [ A Dream ]

What though that light, thro' storm and night,
So trembled from afar—
What could there be more purely bright
In Truth's day-star?

Any help?

  • Does it help if you add commas, like this: "What, though, that light..."
    – gotube
    Aug 23, 2022 at 20:07
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    What does it matter {if}. M-W, too
    – mcalex
    Aug 23, 2022 at 20:24
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    @mcalex I think that's it. Why not write an answer citing those references? Aug 23, 2022 at 20:33
  • You could replace it with even if... Aug 24, 2022 at 7:42
  • Thank you very much. Aug 24, 2022 at 9:40

1 Answer 1


"What though" is an idiom that in its modern usage means "supposing it true that".

Poe intends to say "even granting that".

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