The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

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Explore the transcendent world of unity and ultimate beauty in Edgar Allan Poe’s verse in this complete poetry collection.

Although best known for his short stories, Edgar Allan Poe was by nature and choice a poet. From his exquisite lyric “To Helen,” to his immortal masterpieces, “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells,” and “The Raven,” Poe stands beside the celebrated English romantic poets Shelley, Byron, and Keats, and his haunting, sensuous poetic vision profoundly influenced the Victorian giants Swinburne, Tennyson, and Rossetti.

Today his dark side speaks eloquently to contemporary readers in poems such as “The Haunted Palace” and “The Conqueror Worm,” with their powerful images of madness and the macabre. But even at the end of his life, Poe reached out to his art for comfort and courage, giving us in “Eldorado” a talisman to hold during our darkest moments—a timeless gift from a great American writer.

Includes an Introduction by Jay Parini 
and an Afterword by April Bernard

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451531056
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Series: Signet Classics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 121,758
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809, but was orphaned in 1811 and went to live with a foster family in Virginia. The relationship was conflicted, and the Allans withdrew their financial support after Poe had completed only one semester at the University of Virginia. He enlisted in the Army, then enrolled briefly in West Point, meanwhile publishing three volumes of poetry: Tamerlane (1827), Al Aaraaf (1829), and Poems (1831). From 1831 to 1835, he lived in Baltimore with his aunt, where despite his increasing literary success, he began a lifelong struggle with poverty and addiction to alcohol. In May 1836, he married his first cousin, Virginia Clemm, a child of thirteen. In April 1844, he moved his family to New York, and in January of the following year, his literary fortunes turned when his poem “The Raven” appeared in the New York Evening News. Overnight, he became the most talked-about man of letters in America. Early in 1847 his wife died of tuberculosis and he sank further into alcoholism. On October 3, 1849 he was found wandering the streets of Baltimore, delirious, and died four days later from an unknown cause.

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AloneFrom 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.

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MacChickCA More than 1 year ago
Very nice inexpensive copy of the poems. There is a short bio in front, and the Introduction gives more biographical info on the poet and on the circumstances of some of the poems. The poems are arranged in chronological order, and there is a table of contents, which also lists the dates of the poems. This is the copy you will be tossing into a backpack or bringing to the beach
junesong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Edgar Allen Poe. He's is one of my favorite poets. I love his dark and eerie style. He has a lot of underlying meanings in his poems (i.e. Annabelle Lee). I like trying to decipher his feelings and emotions within the story. I also enjoy the fact that he's from maryland, like me :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
At first reading, some of his poems appear simple, some more complex--but, upon more inspection, E.A. Poe's poetry seems to resonate with harmony as only the truest of poets can ellicit. This collection contains some true great poems with his characteristic dark and rhythmic method of writing.