Spirits of the Dead: Tales and Poems

Spirits of the Dead Tales and Poems Edgar Allan Poe s tales and poems draw the reader into an unsettling world of mystery and fear In The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether A Predicament The Angel of the Odd and other storie

  • Title: Spirits of the Dead: Tales and Poems
  • Author: Edgar Allan Poe
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edgar Allan Poe s tales and poems draw the reader into an unsettling world of mystery and fear.In The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether , A Predicament , The Angel of the Odd and other stories, characters are caught up in macabre situations, often with horrifying results The poems are full of melancholic beauty whether in the disturbing images of death and evEdgar Allan Poe s tales and poems draw the reader into an unsettling world of mystery and fear.In The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether , A Predicament , The Angel of the Odd and other stories, characters are caught up in macabre situations, often with horrifying results The poems are full of melancholic beauty whether in the disturbing images of death and events beyond the grave described in The Raven and Lenore , or in the hypnotic fantasy of works such as The Bells , The City in the Sea and Annabel Lee.Possessed of a powerful, richly inventive imagination, Edgar Allan Poe explored the darkest corners of the human psyche and is recognized as one of the first writers to offer a genuine American voice.

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    1. The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher This versatile writer s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America s first great literary critic and theoretician Poe s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.Just as the bizarre characters in Poe s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles This is the Poe of legend But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author s name.The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809 Edgar was the second of three children His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls school Within three years of Poe s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe s siblings went to live with other families Mr Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe s handwriting on the backs of Allan s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.For information, please see enpedia wiki Edgar_al

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    1. It seems strange to me that despite being famous for his short stories and detective fiction, that Poe always considered himself a poet Spirits of the Dead is a collection of such poetry, along with some of Poe s lesser known short stories Poe s deservedly famous The Raven, The Conqueror Worm and several renderings of Lenore are present, but the rest of the works seem to be characterised by a tedious profusion of obscure references and a deliberatly over bizarre and alienating manner An odd, ram [...]

    2. Like most, I only knew Poe for his poems and creepy short stories I had never seen his ironic, satirical side I read this book to get into the creepy spirit of Halloween There weren t many creepy tales in it, but it was interesting.

    3. I ve read very little of Edgar Allan Poe so far, but I ve read the poem The Valley of Unrest and how he links death with the life surrounding the grave, is beautiful Once again, I can t explain clearly what fascinates me, but like Wilde once said Art is not morbid Art can express everything Literature, a form of art, in which death can be expressed, and Poe does it brilliantly.

    4. This is the book with my favorite poem in it The Sleeper The typing is type writer like and the thickness of the letters changes all the time, but it s not about the layout but the content And it has some pretty cool poems and short stories in it.

    5. I m not really sure why this poem is called Spirits of the Dead , because it certainly does not overtly seem to be what the poem is about.

    6. The Haunted PalaceIn the greenest of our valleys By good angels tenanted, Once a fair and stately palace Radiant palace reared its head In the monarch Thought s dominion, It stood there Never seraph spread a pinion Over fabric half so fair Banners yellow, glorious, golden, On its roof did float and flow This all this was in the olden Time long ago And every gentle air that dallied, In that sweet day, Along the ramparts plumed and pallid, A wing d odor went away Wanderers in that happy valley, Th [...]

    7. Forever cursed to the bowels of under appreciation, Edgar Allan Poe stands in the literary world very much, as it seems, as he did in life, alone.Though not of all of his works in this volume reach the ecstatic brilliance of The Raven or Loss of Breath or Dream within a Dream and some of it can be downright bad, this does nothing to alter the beauty of Poe s Gothic visions and macabre notions about people, the world, and his own understandings of how he perceived everything around him.As said, P [...]

    8. The book has a short biography of Poe s life at the start and then consists of poetry, an extract of a play Politian and ends with a selection of his short stories The poetry is arranged by the years it was published and sometimes the same poem comes up twice because it was published than once.I would have liked to know about Poe s life but the poetry itself is very good His use of words and imagery is amazing No wonder the symbolist art movement drew inspiration from him As for the play, it w [...]

    9. I shall consider this finished for now I had a hard time getting through the prose.But the poetry those that I somewhat understood, anyway was lovely I think it helped that Edgar Allan Poe was a storyteller I tend to understand things better when it is told as a story I remember feeling quite amazed Not swept away yet, because admittedly I still don t understand a lot of poetry, but the use of language is interesting.If you re a Literature student, you d probably appreciate this better than I do [...]

    10. This is such a niiice boookkkk Although we have all probably read so many of the contents in middle and high school but still i love this book so muchhPoe is such a great writer and poet, his writing is very beautiful I get into this book whenever i feel like reading something nice and gloomy, the mood of his writings is dark but yet beautifulIt s a continuous read for me, never gets boring or old

    11. Such a lovely find this book was You can t go wrong with it if you are a Poe devotee It contains most of his famous work and a lot of short poems before he hit fame.I also was amazed at the amount of religious references in his work I mean most people might call him an atheist, but I think he was skeptic like most of us.This book is a souvenir for Poe fans and a revelation for his new admirers

    12. Edgar Allan Poewhat to say about him So extrange, so crazy , so immaginative, soThe thing I like the most the style it is not a common horror, it is really special The worse thing he often use different accents or different languages which sometimes get difficult to understand.

    13. Poe is ever fascinating, even when his writing seems unfinshed, even when there is something of his genious missing as is it at times in this book However, Poe s is always a treat to read Unlike some other famous authors, Poe s less known stuff does not deserve to be less known.

    14. Such a poetic gem this book was I promptly had my nose in the book insisting on finishing it It s the kind of book that virtually breathes into you, takes you to a whole new level of perfect imagination and touches your soul.Now I get all the fuss about Poe.

    15. I have to be honest, I got it while still obsessed with The Raven which I then learned off by heart, but once I d gotten over all that, there s some very good poetry in the compilation I haven t made it fully through a story yet though

    16. Only Sir Edgar Allan Poe The Master of The Macabre can write such hunting, grisly and ghastly poems and stories Read this book and delve into the haunted realms of Edgar Allan Poe.

    17. Poe s fascinating poems my favourites are Alone and Annabel Lee and wonderfully weird short stories were fun to read.

    18. The guy s responsible for my name, he s morbid, and he s one of the few famous poets whose poems actually rhyme which, I think poems were meant to sound And his yarns aren t bad either.

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