Poem: "Perhaps this could have stayed unstated"

Hi

I have been wrestling with the following poem for days. Could you please help me understand it? Who is the poet talking to, what is the subject etc?

Many thanks for helping me

Tom

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Tom

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Its main purpose is to keep the sonnet form and present the acrostic of Balzacā€™s names-- whom I would presume he is talking to. He seems to be talking about the literary gifts of both authors.
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