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The eerie tales of Edgar Allan Poe remain among the most brilliant, enduring, and influencial works in American literature. But Poe is also the author of some of the most haunting poetry ever written--poems of love, death and loneliness that have lost none of their power to enthrall in this unique Signet Classic edition.


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The eerie tales of Edgar Allan Poe remain among the most brilliant, enduring, and influencial works in American literature. But Poe is also the author of some of the most haunting poetry ever written--poems of love, death and loneliness that have lost none of their power to enthrall in this unique Signet Classic edition.

30 review for The Complete Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    MischaS_

    I'm a way too big of a fan of Edgar Allan Poe to rate it differently. Out—out are the lights—out all! And, over each quivering form, The curtain, a funeral pall, Comes down with the rush of a storm, While the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirm That the play is the tragedy, “Man,” And its hero, the Conqueror Worm. But even I have to say that there are some of his poem that I do not particularly like, such as Al Aaraaf and The Bells. However, my all-time favourite remains u I'm a way too big of a fan of Edgar Allan Poe to rate it differently. Out—out are the lights—out all! And, over each quivering form, The curtain, a funeral pall, Comes down with the rush of a storm, While the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirm That the play is the tragedy, “Man,” And its hero, the Conqueror Worm. But even I have to say that there are some of his poem that I do not particularly like, such as Al Aaraaf and The Bells. However, my all-time favourite remains unchanged. You cannot do better than The Raven. “Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!— And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted—nevermore!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Let's face it. . . the only thing Edgar Allan Poe ever did that was scary was marry his 14-year-old cousin. But, beyond that, Mr. Poe wasn't scary. . . He was sad. And, yes, he was an “I see dead people” person, but not because he was obsessed with the occult. He kept seeing actual dead people around him because everyone around him kept dropping dead. Not surprisingly, his poetry is filled with a near obsession with death and talking to the dead, but, again, everyone around him. . . was dead. But, b Let's face it. . . the only thing Edgar Allan Poe ever did that was scary was marry his 14-year-old cousin. But, beyond that, Mr. Poe wasn't scary. . . He was sad. And, yes, he was an “I see dead people” person, but not because he was obsessed with the occult. He kept seeing actual dead people around him because everyone around him kept dropping dead. Not surprisingly, his poetry is filled with a near obsession with death and talking to the dead, but, again, everyone around him. . . was dead. But, but, but. . . even though it's Halloween night and you might think I'd like to get all sinister here, and discuss these dark matters. . . This re-read, thirty years after my original exposure to this collection, could not have been less about death. It was about love. The unlikely celebration of love here and the DIVINE FEMININE ENERGY that Mr. Poe promotes on every page. And, oh, baby, did Mr. Poe like the ladies! Some examples of what's feminine in Poe's poems: Beauty the Moon all celestial bodies the Evening Star cities Night Some examples of what's masculine in Poe's poems: Ambition Love (this explains so much!) Death In addition, his poetry pays homage to: Mary Psyche Helen Diana Athena And dryads, and nymphs, and naiads, oh my! But, the best poems for me were the ones written in dedication to his wife and his mother-in-law. Yes, they were also known as his “cousin” and “aunt,” but after reading two poems in particular, “Annabel Lee” and “To My Mother,” you can't help but find yourself in awe of his capacity to love. And, for any of us who have ever made a misstep in love, and suffered regret, I leave you with two of the best lines in this collection: years of love have been forgot In the hatred of a minute- What an unexpected celebration of love I found here. Love. . . amidst the cobwebs, the candy bar wrappers and the corpses.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)

    "All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream." The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe will give you a fascinating glimpse into his tragic life. The majority of his poems are interpreted autobiographically: his achievements, his beloved wives, his losses, and ultimately, his unbecoming. Reviewing a fictional collection of poems that were inspired by Mr. Poe's life was a bit of a daunting task--seriously, how does one successfully go about reviewing the deepest and darkest moments "All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream." The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe will give you a fascinating glimpse into his tragic life. The majority of his poems are interpreted autobiographically: his achievements, his beloved wives, his losses, and ultimately, his unbecoming. Reviewing a fictional collection of poems that were inspired by Mr. Poe's life was a bit of a daunting task--seriously, how does one successfully go about reviewing the deepest and darkest moments of someone else's real life? I am sure it is agreeable to say that poetry is extremely subjective, especially when one is writing about the death of not only one wife but two. Personally, I admire Mr. Poe's work. All of it. Even the poems that I struggled to fully comprehend. You will find it difficult to read Mr. Poe's work aloud and not weep along with him. His writing is hauntingly stunning and mentally stimulating. These poems were able to provoke such a deep and profound emotion out of me whether I could relate to them or not. My Top 3 Edgar Allan Poe Poems: 1. Annabel Lee 2. A Dream Within a Dream 3. The Raven

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 “Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best have gone to their eternal rest.” ★ This review is going to be very short as I don’t have much to say and as the book is short. You have to take this review with a grain of sale as honestly it is a case of me, not the book. I grabbed this because it was on a sale and I read a book or 2 of poetry every year. It looks like classics and this old writing is just nor for me. ★ The main problem is that I This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 “Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best have gone to their eternal rest.” ★ This review is going to be very short as I don’t have much to say and as the book is short. You have to take this review with a grain of sale as honestly it is a case of me, not the book. I grabbed this because it was on a sale and I read a book or 2 of poetry every year. It looks like classics and this old writing is just nor for me. ★ The main problem is that I honestly did not know what I was reading. The ones I understood I did enjoy like “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven” and some of them I was just reading to finish them. That’s why this is a very subjective review and you still can enjoy it. ★ Summary: The book has a collection of many Poems, some of which I understood and enjoyed and some were too complex for me, still worth giving a chance for fans of Poetry! You can get more books from Book Depository

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    When I was younger I was under the impression Poe was just a sort of madman writer who seemed fixated on creepy imagery, death, shadows, fear, etc. either because he was some mad genius, had a mental disorder, or was unduly affected by his fondness for alcohol. In reading his poems one gets a less distorted and shallow sense of the man: he was, essentially, lonely. He craved companionship and love like most humans. However, it appears he felt that Fate, God, and the Universe were unspeakably cru When I was younger I was under the impression Poe was just a sort of madman writer who seemed fixated on creepy imagery, death, shadows, fear, etc. either because he was some mad genius, had a mental disorder, or was unduly affected by his fondness for alcohol. In reading his poems one gets a less distorted and shallow sense of the man: he was, essentially, lonely. He craved companionship and love like most humans. However, it appears he felt that Fate, God, and the Universe were unspeakably cruel to have taken his young bride(barely 14 when he married her and a cousin t'boot!) away from him so early on; this seems to have triggered a grieving and sorrow in him he did not know how to dispel other than with the numbing effects of copious booze. He does not seem to have drowned himself in drink in order to create and write, but to self-medicate a deep pain: Poe was a very romantic man. His weakness for beauty and his romantic heart were what haunted his soul. He was very intimate with darkness, the moon, the blackness of his personal sense of loss, and a profound, tormenting grief. This theme of love sadly lost is woven throughout a good many of the poems in this collection. Even his best known poems such as The Raven are suffused with his sorrow and sense of his own life as accursed. His very portrait on the front of this collection is very telling if one but covers his forehead and chin and looks at his eyes. A few of the poems are more upbeat and hopeful, but even in these he seems to be celebrating a joy that was much too ephemeral to allow him much genuine solace. His poetry is rarely obscure and difficult to read, unlike that of some poets who just leave me shaking my head in bewilderment as to the meaning. As a whole, this book is one very clear, soul-rattling shriek back at life, the life of a very talented man unable to wrestle himself from his aching sorrow. I recommend you read this if you think he was just a dark, trippy writer of stories about a pit and pendulum, a tell tale heart, a black cat; in his poetry he reveals the sad, all too human man he was beyond the dark tales and creepy shadows his pen took us to. He consoled himself with that most human of visions: that his lost love one was in paradise, a paradise he was unable to even approach in his all too short life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sapphire

    3.5 out of 5 stars “I saw no heaven — but in her eyes.” Let me just say that I adore Poe and his work. I find his stories and poems fascinating. I did not enjoy some of these poems though. The ones I loved I really did adore. This edition includes all 48 of his poems!! Fav's: The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour. To Lake: Alone The City in the Sea The One in Paradise Bridal Ballad The Raven Annabel Lee For Annie Least Favorites Song A Dream Sonnet- To Science Al Aaraaf To Helen Sonnet-Silence 3.5 out of 5 stars “I saw no heaven — but in her eyes.” Let me just say that I adore Poe and his work. I find his stories and poems fascinating. I did not enjoy some of these poems though. The ones I loved I really did adore. This edition includes all 48 of his poems!! Fav's: The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour. To Lake: Alone The City in the Sea The One in Paradise Bridal Ballad The Raven Annabel Lee For Annie Least Favorites Song A Dream Sonnet- To Science Al Aaraaf To Helen Sonnet-Silence

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anoud Q

    It took me awhile to finish this poetry book like 3 months?!! yes !! three months!! Not because it's bad, nope! I found myself drowned with work and the desire to read such a classic almost evaporated, but I was really patient and determined to resume reading these poems. I found many poems beautifully done and yes I found one to be a favorite, too. I struggled a bit with some poems, but I survived, at last. I relish Edgar Allan Poe's writing and I can't contain myself of buying anything for him, so It took me awhile to finish this poetry book like 3 months?!! yes !! three months!! Not because it's bad, nope! I found myself drowned with work and the desire to read such a classic almost evaporated, but I was really patient and determined to resume reading these poems. I found many poems beautifully done and yes I found one to be a favorite, too. I struggled a bit with some poems, but I survived, at last. I relish Edgar Allan Poe's writing and I can't contain myself of buying anything for him, so this can tell you something! I would definitely go back and reread these poems once again

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jelena Milenković

    Perhaps the most appealing poems to be read out loud. Some I like more than others. Some I struggled to understand. Some needed my concentration and devotion to be felt. All in all, an enjoyable collection, if Poe can be ever called enjoyable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Probably best when read drunk and listening to Lustmord.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Forsyth

    Just gonna say it - aside from "The Raven", and a couple other pieces that really speak to Poe's understanding of rhythm, I didn't see a whole lot here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah El Harake

    No words can describe how much I love Poe's works. His poems can touch the heart and mind at the same time. His poem "Alone" will always be my favorite poem ever. “Alone” BY EDGAR ALLAN POE From childhood’s hour I have not been As others were—I have not seen As others saw—I could not bring My passions from a common spring— From the same source I have not taken My sorrow—I could not awaken My heart to joy at the same tone— And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone— Then—in my childhood—in the dawn Of a most stormy life— No words can describe how much I love Poe's works. His poems can touch the heart and mind at the same time. His poem "Alone" will always be my favorite poem ever. “Alone” BY EDGAR ALLAN POE From childhood’s hour I have not been As others were—I have not seen As others saw—I could not bring My passions from a common spring— From the same source I have not taken My sorrow—I could not awaken My heart to joy at the same tone— And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone— Then—in my childhood—in the dawn Of a most stormy life—was drawn From ev’ry depth of good and ill The mystery which binds me still— From the torrent, or the fountain— From the red cliff of the mountain— From the sun that ’round me roll’d In its autumn tint of gold— From the lightning in the sky As it pass’d me flying by— From the thunder, and the storm— And the cloud that took the form (When the rest of Heaven was blue) Of a demon in my view—

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ann-Marie

    "Annabel Lee" has always been one of my favorite poems. I loved the haunting beauty and tragedy of it and the theme of eternal love. This little book is a great collection for those who like the chilling touch of the macabre in their poetry or even just evocative lyrics. On a quick side note, I like "The Raven" and have to admit that whenever I think of it I think of that Simpsons episode that has James Earl Jones reciting it with the help of Homer and Bart. Classic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I enjoyed the book overall. I adored some poems but found others to be tedious and confusing. Some poems were difficult to understand, and many, particularly the poems written for specific people, might have been more enjoyable if the book had provided some kind of information or context. Some of these poems just don't work in a vacuum. These poems range from romance to horror to fantasy, and there is even a drama included at the end of the book. The poems are given in reverse chronological orde I enjoyed the book overall. I adored some poems but found others to be tedious and confusing. Some poems were difficult to understand, and many, particularly the poems written for specific people, might have been more enjoyable if the book had provided some kind of information or context. Some of these poems just don't work in a vacuum. These poems range from romance to horror to fantasy, and there is even a drama included at the end of the book. The poems are given in reverse chronological order, and I was glad of the opportunity to observe Poe's style and skill progress with time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tomek Piorkowski

    I consider Edgar Allan Poe to be the greatest poet of the English language. His ability to make music from words amazed me the first time I read 'The Raven.' I personally think that 'Tamerlane' is the most amazing poem ever written - it is musical, powerful, emotional, wise and every time I read it I find something new to appreciate in it. If you haven't read Poe, you haven't read poetry. Enough said. (Click here for my blog, where I review free/public domain books) I consider Edgar Allan Poe to be the greatest poet of the English language. His ability to make music from words amazed me the first time I read 'The Raven.' I personally think that 'Tamerlane' is the most amazing poem ever written - it is musical, powerful, emotional, wise and every time I read it I find something new to appreciate in it. If you haven't read Poe, you haven't read poetry. Enough said. (Click here for my blog, where I review free/public domain books)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tabi (ᕗツ)ᕗ

    How is it, that with my love the dark and beautiful stories, that I have never read Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry? I have no idea, but I’m glad I finally have! Some gave me shivers, some were gorgeous, and all had this undertone of longing in them. I loved them all, but have to say some favorites were ‘The Raven’ (that one line “Quoth the Raven – Nevermore!” is just so haunting and has so much meaning!) ‘Fairyland’ and ‘The Haunted Palace’. But they were all so good and such examples of older and yet How is it, that with my love the dark and beautiful stories, that I have never read Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry? I have no idea, but I’m glad I finally have! Some gave me shivers, some were gorgeous, and all had this undertone of longing in them. I loved them all, but have to say some favorites were ‘The Raven’ (that one line “Quoth the Raven – Nevermore!” is just so haunting and has so much meaning!) ‘Fairyland’ and ‘The Haunted Palace’. But they were all so good and such examples of older and yet still modern poetry.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Edgar Allan Poe, a name that became relevant after I understood his masterpiece "The Raven." I read it before but never really gave any thought whatsoever. Anyways after doing a school assignment of the same, I began to realize how dark,gritty and extraordinarily his poetry is and how it may have many alternative meanings. On the surface, we are made aware of the poem that he has written and maybe even get a glimpse of his colossal imagination but as we delve deeper, the actual meaning comes to Edgar Allan Poe, a name that became relevant after I understood his masterpiece "The Raven." I read it before but never really gave any thought whatsoever. Anyways after doing a school assignment of the same, I began to realize how dark,gritty and extraordinarily his poetry is and how it may have many alternative meanings. On the surface, we are made aware of the poem that he has written and maybe even get a glimpse of his colossal imagination but as we delve deeper, the actual meaning comes to light and the focus never goes astray. I guess it is just as his fame which arrived after his demise. From what I gathered is that if you want to understand his writing style then keep an open mind, listen to the faintest suggestions, the hidden meanings without muddling your mind with trivia, that's how one can truly appreciate his poems.I must say I am not a fan of his works because honestly I can't stand his short stories which are basically a little too much for me but I can digest his poetry and it helps me to understand his personality much more efficiently. I read up on his life and to say it was tragic would be an understatement. Throughout his life, there was like this endless circle of sadness and disappointments but there were also a few instances where I think he could have had a chance to a happy ending. I'm glad that his power of imagination was manifested in form of writings which were bound to be known as the paramounts of classic literature rather than giving the world another evil mind because based on his thoughts alone, I would say he would have made the cut. Some of my favorite among the collection were A dream, Evening star, The bells and The Raven. I would recommend this book to the readers who are already into poetry because I don't think beginners may like it even if they are curious about reading his works. But if you want to try then go ahead, a small trick that I learn to understand his poems better was to take it one at a time, letting your mind think and understand, also a little patience goes a long way because some poetry you'll like and some you won't. So, it was overall a solid 4 out of 5 stars read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Grosse

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Simultaneously mysterious and familiar, like the old friend who suddenly astonishes you with his strangeness or the acquaintance whom you are convinced you must have known since childhood. I very much enjoyed the use of onomatopoeia. You will be hypnotised by the sounds (for example "ee", "em" in the summer dream beneath the tamarind tree). Poe has you forever, in "a dream within a dream" Very memorable.A must read for all poetry lovers.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    I should be grading papers right now, but I decided first to write a review of The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. In "A Dream within a Dream" Poe writes: "And I hold within my hand/Grains of the golden sand -- How few! yet how they creep/Through my fingers to the deep,/While I weep -- while I weep! O God! can I not grasp/Them with a tighter clasp?"). As the hours of our lives dwindle away, I find writing a review of Poe -- whose writings cultivate the spirit and haunt the soul -- a better u I should be grading papers right now, but I decided first to write a review of The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. In "A Dream within a Dream" Poe writes: "And I hold within my hand/Grains of the golden sand -- How few! yet how they creep/Through my fingers to the deep,/While I weep -- while I weep! O God! can I not grasp/Them with a tighter clasp?"). As the hours of our lives dwindle away, I find writing a review of Poe -- whose writings cultivate the spirit and haunt the soul -- a better use of my time at the present moment than grading assignments, though I must attend to that sooner or later. While some of the poems in this collection I have read very recently, such as "Annabel Lee," "To Helen," "A Dream within a Dream" and "The Raven" (four of my favorites that I read at least once a year), it's been probably a good decade or perhaps even a dozen years since I last read the complete poetry of Poe. And I was not the least disappointed. Much like the raven, Poe was a haunting visitor in my house over the past week, but a more welcome one than that "thing of evil." And like that bird, Poe continues to maintain his presence in my home long after closing the cover of this book. Often associated with the macabre, the horrific, death, the spectral forces of the world, there is much sweetness to be found in his poems, many dealing with themes of Beauty, Hope and Love, and many concerning themselves with the realm of dreams, which are often so much kinder than reality. While I still have my favorites, I was most affected in this reading by: "A Dream"; "To ________" ("That years of love have been forgot/In the hatred of a minute:--"); "Lenore"; "To F_______" ("[T]hy memory is to me/Like some enchanted far-off isle/In some tumultuous sea --/Some ocean throbbing far and free"); "The Conqueror Worm" (I remembered enjoying this one years ago, but I found a much greater appreciation for it on this re-reading); "Dream-Land" (the imagery here is brilliant: "Mountains toppling evermore/Into seas without a shore;/Seas that restlessly aspire,/ Surging, unto skies of fire"); and "Ulalume" ("These were the days when my heart was volcanic" called to mind the opening lines of Rimbaud's "Une Saison en Enfer": Once, if I remember well, my life was a feast where all hearts opened and all wines flowed"). In a Baudelairean fashion (though it was really Poe who influenced Baudelaire, as his works arguably enjoyed a greater appreciation amongst French readers in the 19th century than with Americans), Poe was often occupied with subjects such as Death, corpse-eating worms and ghoul-haunted woods. But, Poe -- like Baudelaire -- was a complex poet. His poems, though often dealing with the darker sides of human existence, also contain moments of lightness and sweetness. He deals with loneliness, death and despair, but also with beauty and truth. This October 7th marks the 164th anniversary of the death of Poe, and long after his death his art lives on, and through this he continues to move us.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Avishek Das

    oh he is something else, everytime i read & get my a** whopped... this is multi logit model and open new layers everytime... Mr. Poe you are great!! oh he is something else, everytime i read & get my a** whopped... this is multi logit model and open new layers everytime... Mr. Poe you are great!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rao Javed

    The feeling of incomplete is another thing, but accepting it with heart and soul for the rest of your life is the worst feeling in the world. There is that kind of incompleteness that we experience in Poe's poetry. All of Poe's poem have an absorbing quality, but somehow the tale is always the same which might be the man's worst nightmare...feeling of being without a woman. Poe's poem reflect some of the pangs of his personal life, and the biggest grief for Poe was always the loss of his wife. Th The feeling of incomplete is another thing, but accepting it with heart and soul for the rest of your life is the worst feeling in the world. There is that kind of incompleteness that we experience in Poe's poetry. All of Poe's poem have an absorbing quality, but somehow the tale is always the same which might be the man's worst nightmare...feeling of being without a woman. Poe's poem reflect some of the pangs of his personal life, and the biggest grief for Poe was always the loss of his wife. There are alot of dubious stereotype that a woman need man more than a man need woman, but Poe's life and poem are ultimate truth that it is man who needs woman more than anything in this world. All in all, the poems were touching and torturing as some of them were not that good, but I guess most of them were lovable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Rae

    "Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works" was really good. Edgar Poe has always been one of my favorite poets. I love his dark style. I would have loved to have been able to meet and talk with him. The book of poetry was divided into seven sections. These are: Poems of Later Life, Poems of Manhood, Scenes from 'Politian,' Poems of Youth, Doubtful Poems, Prose Poems, and Essays. The section titles explain themselves. My favorite poems were the doubtful poems. They seem very melancholy and make m "Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works" was really good. Edgar Poe has always been one of my favorite poets. I love his dark style. I would have loved to have been able to meet and talk with him. The book of poetry was divided into seven sections. These are: Poems of Later Life, Poems of Manhood, Scenes from 'Politian,' Poems of Youth, Doubtful Poems, Prose Poems, and Essays. The section titles explain themselves. My favorite poems were the doubtful poems. They seem very melancholy and make me wish I could go give him a hug. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes gloomy, mournful poetry. Sometimes it can seem happy, but usually not so if you don't think you'll like that, don't read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Salayová

    “From childhood's hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone.” God, how I love the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. It has some weird almost musical elements to it, rhytm, that cannot be found in most of modern poems... Also, It reeks of melancholy, which I love. There is nothing like Edgar Allan Poe. I wish I could meet him. 5/5 Side note: Funny story, first time I have heard of the Raven was “From childhood's hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone.” God, how I love the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. It has some weird almost musical elements to it, rhytm, that cannot be found in most of modern poems... Also, It reeks of melancholy, which I love. There is nothing like Edgar Allan Poe. I wish I could meet him. 5/5 Side note: Funny story, first time I have heard of the Raven was on one episode of The Gilmore girls, where they had to suffer through listening to the poem over and over again and it felt like the most boring thing ever... Then I read it and fell in love with it and couldn´t understand why they hated it so much lol :D Oh how time flies :D

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The dark side of Poe leads a reader down the path of possibilities and self evaluation. Random thoughts become chances in reality that each one of face at one time or other in our lives. Read these poems with an imaginative embrace and see if you don't ask yourself just once am I capable of ?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Huff

    Lyrical, startling, moving, beautiful - everything I expected from Poe. Particular favorites: Annabel Lee Israfel The Raven A Valentine The Conqueror Worm The Coliseum Lenore Sonnet to Science

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Edgar Allan Poe's poetry read in completion paints a humanizing portrait of the man and adds depth to his character. I think it's easy to think of Edgar Allan Poe as a haunted man who was driven to the macabre and gothic by tragedy and isolation. While that side of him was present, his poetry revealed a man inspired by spirituality, beauty, and love. Much of his poetry was heartbreaking, such as these lines in Alone: From childhood's hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others sa Edgar Allan Poe's poetry read in completion paints a humanizing portrait of the man and adds depth to his character. I think it's easy to think of Edgar Allan Poe as a haunted man who was driven to the macabre and gothic by tragedy and isolation. While that side of him was present, his poetry revealed a man inspired by spirituality, beauty, and love. Much of his poetry was heartbreaking, such as these lines in Alone: From childhood's hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others saw; I could not bring My passions from a common spring. ... And all I loved, I loved alone Oh, that last line. Absolutely heart-wrenching. What I didn't realize about Poe was just how taken he was with all things regarding beauty and spirituality. Reading a couple of poems loosely inspired by Islam and the Quran was a surprise. My favorite poem was Al Aaraaf - it was inspired not only by Islam, but also a supernova that was discovered in 1572 by Tycho Brahe and was visible for several months. In a letter to his publisher, Isaac Lea, Poe wrote: Its title is “Al Aaraaf” — from the Al Aaraaf of the Arabians, a medium between Heaven & Hell where men suffer no punishment, but yet do not attain that tranquil & even happiness which they suppose to be the characteristic of heavenly enjoyment ... I have placed this “Al Aaraaf” in the celebrated star discovered by Tycho Brahe which appeared & disappeared so suddenly — It is represented as a messenger star of the Deity, &, at the time of its discovery by Tycho, as on an embassy to our world. One of the peculiarities of Al Aaraaf is that, even after death, those who make choice of the star as their residence do not enjoy immortality — but, after a second life of high excitement, sink into forgetfulness, & death... Al Aaraaf is a long poem, and very different. It almost comes across as science-fiction. I'm hesitant to use the word psychedelic or trippy, but strange spirits, stars, and moving planets are all apart of this poem. Spirituality is infused in nature. I won't pretend to understand all of it. I was moved though by the two lovers who seemed to be stuck in the medium Poe described as, "between Heaven & Hell where men suffer no punishment, but yet do not attain that tranquil & even happiness which they suppose to be the characteristic of heavenly enjoyment." To his love-haunted heart and melancholy. The night had found (to him and night of woe) Upon a mountain crag, young-Angelo-- Beetling it bends athwart the solemn sky, And scowls on starry worlds that down beneath it lie. Here sat he with his love--his dark eye bent With eagle gaze along the firmament: Now turn'd it upon her--but ever then It trembled to the orb of EARTH again. ... Thus, in discourse, the lovers whiled away The night that waned and waned and brought no day. They fell: for Heaven to them no hope imparts Who hear not for the beating of their hearts. Favorite Poems: A Dream Dreams Spirits of the Dead Israfel The City in the Sea Serenade

  26. 5 out of 5

    leonie

    wow this was so depressing and dark but i loved all the famous poems like annabel lee and the raven a lot! you could really feel poe’s pain

  27. 5 out of 5

    Illiterate

    Annabel Lee and Dream within a Dream are tender elegies. But most of Poe’s poems have all the appeal of his tales.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chad J Crase

    This is a brilliant collection of poetry and I would definitely recommend reading Edgar Allan Poe. I was keen to read 'the Raven' as I loved the Simpsons' rendition of this most famous work, but there's a lot here to enjoy. Although he is sometimes associated with gothic literature, I found his poetry to be more romantic than expected. Poe may not necessarily have been very popular with other poets or critics, but his writing became widely loved by the public for good reason. Many lines herein a This is a brilliant collection of poetry and I would definitely recommend reading Edgar Allan Poe. I was keen to read 'the Raven' as I loved the Simpsons' rendition of this most famous work, but there's a lot here to enjoy. Although he is sometimes associated with gothic literature, I found his poetry to be more romantic than expected. Poe may not necessarily have been very popular with other poets or critics, but his writing became widely loved by the public for good reason. Many lines herein are famous and there are certainly some very memorable and enjoyable poems in this collection. The foreword and afterword in this version are also quite interesting and skillfully explain the penetrating appeal of Poe's work. The only thing better would be to hear all of the poetry read by James Earl Jones.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scott Knier

    When Hearing Poe's name, most people think of poetry, however it’s very difficult to find someone who knows something other than The Raven. Most of Edgar’s greatest hits tend to be in the short story section, with The Tell-Tale Heart, The Premature Burial, or The Masque of the Red Death. However, some of his better, creepier, dreamier works are in his poetry. This book contains a very diverse amount of content from his first: Tamerlane in 1827, to his last and one of my all time favorite; The Be When Hearing Poe's name, most people think of poetry, however it’s very difficult to find someone who knows something other than The Raven. Most of Edgar’s greatest hits tend to be in the short story section, with The Tell-Tale Heart, The Premature Burial, or The Masque of the Red Death. However, some of his better, creepier, dreamier works are in his poetry. This book contains a very diverse amount of content from his first: Tamerlane in 1827, to his last and one of my all time favorite; The Bells 1-4 in 1849. Though always thought of as creepy, there are still many moments of beauty: descriptions of nature, foggy dreams, love for a beautiful girl, and elfin odes to those who "put out the star-light/With the breath from their pale faces/About twelve by the moon-dial...". Though in many of these, he goes back to his “stereotypical-self”, and adds a melancholy atmosphere. For example, look at "Bridal Ballad," whose narrator assures us that she is happy, but who is haunted by the "dead who is forsaken," her former lover. As you can see, Edgar Allen Poe isn't just a one hit wonder with the lines “Tis' some visitor...tapping at my door, only this and nothing more”, but a diverse onion with layers still no one has penetrated through.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Edgar Allan Poe is America's most brilliant author of letters and most misunderstood. He is also one of America's most famous poets. In this book you will find background information for Edgar Allan Poe's poems, annotations, foreign word translations, illustrations, photographs of individuals Poe wrote about in his poems, and poetry to Poe from his many romantic interests. Here is a sampling of the poems included: Alone, Annabel Lee, The Bells, The Coliseum, The Conqueror Worm, The Haunted Pala Edgar Allan Poe is America's most brilliant author of letters and most misunderstood. He is also one of America's most famous poets. In this book you will find background information for Edgar Allan Poe's poems, annotations, foreign word translations, illustrations, photographs of individuals Poe wrote about in his poems, and poetry to Poe from his many romantic interests. Here is a sampling of the poems included: Alone, Annabel Lee, The Bells, The Coliseum, The Conqueror Worm, The Haunted Palace, Lenore, The Raven, Ulalume, and many more classics. The illustrations are Dore Gustave's famous and haunting illustrations for "The Raven." Read the poems of America's most brilliant and mysterious poet as you never have before. Experience the Poe revival firsthand. Loved this book of poems, you won't be disappointed!

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