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
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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.
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 loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every 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 rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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 :)
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.