Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allen Poe was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Early Life

He was born Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809, the second child of actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe ... more »

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  • ''Taught me my alphabet to say,
    To lisp my very earliest word,''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Romance (l. 7-8). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Every...
  • ''Of late, eternal Condor years
    So shake the very Heaven on high
    With tumult as they thunder by,
    I have no time for idle cares
    Through gazing on the unquiet sky.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Romance (l. 11-15). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Eve...
  • The want of an international Copy-Right Law, by rendering it nearly impossible to obtain anything from the booksellers in the way of remuneration for literary labor, has had the effect of forcing many...
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "Some Secrets of the Magazine Prison-House," Broadway Journal (1845). Poe's heroic crusade for the recog...
  • Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car,
    And driven the hamadryad from the wood
    To seek a shelter in some happier star?
    Hast thou not torn the naiad from her flood,
    The el...
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Sonnet—To Science (l. 9-16). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ...
  • Science! true daughter of old Time thou art!
    Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.
    Why preyest thou thus upon the poet's heart,
    Vulture, whose wings are dull realities? ...
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Sonnet—To Science (l. 1-6). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, e...
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/13/2016 9:13:00 AM)

    You are not wrong, who deem
    That my days have been a dream;
    Yet if hope has flown away
    In a night, or in a day,
    In a vision, or in none,
    Is it therefore the less gone?
    All that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream.

    E.A.P., 'A Dream Within a Dream' (1849)

  • Maria Mc Groddy (11/19/2015 9:17:00 AM)

    Dare I say I only learned about him originally from the TV Show The Following

  • Mereia Namatua Mereia Namatua (10/10/2015 5:10:00 PM)

    the master at heart......the words of his poems convey a whole more to the readers and i must say that he is one impressive poet

  • Epiccjv (9/8/2015 9:58:00 PM)

    I really think that Poe is one of the best poets out there. At LEAST #10 on my imaginary poet list. His poem The Raven is one of the most famous poems out there.

  • Billy Mapes Billy Mapes (5/28/2015 10:04:00 AM)

    I love his poems. i have been reading his works for years! ! !

  • Jack Sun (5/17/2015 7:29:00 PM)

    He is a Goth
    His poems are sorrow

  • Gordon Inverno Jr. (4/22/2015 10:06:00 AM)

    One of the most BRILLIANT writers of all times! !

  • Gordon Inverno Jr. (4/22/2015 10:05:00 AM)

    One of the most BRILLIANT writers of all times.

  • Gordon Inverno Jr. (4/22/2015 10:05:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe is and will always be one of the most BRILLIANT writers of all times.

  • Brittany Howard (3/28/2015 9:54:00 PM)

    A talented poet who conveys perfectly the essences of love, betrayal, death and so on! Continually amazes me with his work...

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Best Poem of Edgar Allan Poe

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In ...

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