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The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allen Poe Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1996
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For big Poe fans, especially, this is true. There are so many anthologies which carry about two or three of his poems, but it is not easy to find one that is solely dedicated to his complete poetry. Usually, it is his short stories that attract publishers' attention.
Since Poe's poetry is so beautifully-written and delightful to recite, it's good to have a book on which you could look at whenever you forget a Poe poem, or simply want to read or reread one.
Edgar Allan Poe never left behind as big a bulk of literature as Charles Dickens or Henry James. In fact, compared to many other classic writers, he didn't leave much behind. So, indeed, what little he left can all be contained in within a section of a bookshelf. So why not own his work?
Poe was an excellent literary thinker, whose imagination will never be rivaled. And to those who enjoy good poetry, this book must be in within your bookshelves.
Well, it's time for some poetry homework -- "The Raven" is neither Poe's most beautiful nor his most striking poem. That is reserved for other, more obscure works in Poe's "Complete Poetry" -- and while one might expect the ghostly or macabre to be all throughout his work, it's also filled with transcendent beauty, wistfulness, and some truly amazing wordwork.
Over his lifetime, Poe tried out many styles -- there are sonnets, short hymns, long rambling odes written in dramatic, vaguely Shakespearean style ("O, human love! thou spirit given/On Earth, of all we hope in Heaven!"), acrostics, little exercises in self-reflection, a lyrical song or two, and some haunting stories rendered in verse like the bittersweet "Annabel Lee."
And the content of these poems is just as diverse. Some of them are distinctly dark -- sunken cities, tolling bells, haunted palaces, thoughts on the lingering spirits of the dead, abandoned valleys, and loved ones that have been stolen away by death (" I pray to God that she may lie/For ever with unopened eye/While the pale sheeted ghosts go by!"). And yes, it has the one about a midnight dreary, and a creepy raven with eyes like "a demon's that is dreaming."
And there are a lot of moments of beauty -- lush descriptions of nature, bittersweet 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...Read more ›
Poe's best poetry is marked by creativity and innovation, sometimes unexpectedly transitioning from a theme of love and beauty to one of despair and death. I consider The City in the Sea, The Sleeper, The Valley of the Unrest, The Haunted Palace, The Conqueror Worm, For Annie, and Annabel Lee to be among the best examples of Poe's imaginative, haunting descriptions of death and dying.
Poe's early poetry, and some of his later works, are reminiscent of English romantic poetry. At his own expense Poe printed his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827). Poe's style in these earliest poems - Tamerlane, Song, Dreams, Spirits of the Dead, Evening Star, A Dream Within a Dream, Stanzas, A Dream, The Happiest Day --- The Happiest Hour, and The Lake - is characterized by lyrical descriptions, flowery language, and romantic themes.
I enjoyed the long poem Tamerlane. Tamerlane (or Tamburlaine, or Timur), a Tartar warrior of the fourteenth century, had amassed an immense empire, and was now reflecting on a distant, but not forgotten, youthful love. Following legend, Poe supposes that Tamerlane was born a lowly peasant, but it is more likely that he was descendant of the famous Khans. (In 1996 the newly independent Uzbekistan celebrated the 660th anniversary of the birth of Timur Khan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite poet and I was glad I could have his entire poetry collection in paperback.Published 5 months ago by Regina Elliott
Although Poe is a dark writer he has a way of captivating you in the way he talks about death.Published on August 27, 2013 by Samantha Houston
A previous reviewer was wrong when he said there are no introductions or notes in this book. This book has extensive notes, references and introductions by Mabbott (one of the... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by thediener
Five stars! for ANYONE who loves to read the tales of night. From "The Raven", to "The Bells, It's all here! Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Sally
If you have never read anything (short story or poem) by Edgar Allan Poe, I would suggest starting with this book. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by Cynthia E
Edgar Allan Poe wrote "The Poetic Principle" as a series of lectures that were not published until shortly after his death in 1849. Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Martin Asiner
The book was discontinued but I was promptly notified and refunded. I have no complaints with the seller.Published on December 19, 2009 by Janeen Abdo
i'm not a poem buff but picked this one up in hopes to inspire my artistic side. even with no experience i can tell that poe is a master, no doubt. Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by Yams
Most people know that Edgar Allen Poe wrote poetry. Of course, you'd be hard-pressed to make them quote a line that doesn't involve ravens. Read morePublished on May 23, 2008 by EA Solinas