Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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  • Rookie Christine Woodrich (4/23/2007 11:19:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe is most definately my favorite poet of all time. He's been so inspirational to me and it was his work that gave me the desire to write. He was a truly wonderful man.

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  • Rookie funky town (5/11/2005 4:02:00 PM)

    edger allen poe is one of the greatest poets of all time and i feel that this poem really shows what he was made of...... simply PERFECT

  • Rookie Anastasia Hagerstrom (3/15/2005 5:22:00 PM)

    I mistakenly used several devices on my keyboard and it translated as an error in Baudelaire's statement on Edgar Allan Poe. It should read:
    In his case every introductory passage quietly draws you in like a whirlpool. His solemnity takes the reader by surprise and keeps his mind alert. Immediately he feels that something serious is invovled. And slowly, little by little, a story unfolds in which all interest depends on an imperceptible intellectual deviation on a bold hypothesis, on an imprudent dose of Nature in the amalgam of faculties. The reader, seized by a kind of vertigo, is constrained to follow the author through his compelling deductions. Baudelaire,1856

  • Rookie Anastasia Hagerstrom (3/15/2005 5:15:00 PM)

    The significance of this poem is Poe's masterful rhetorical devices which created a role for the reader to enter. In 'A Dream Within A Dream: Poe scripted the reader to slip inside his imagined world. By using first person narrative, Poe, gently led the reader into the role of 'I'. The 'I' invites the reader to open their imagination, their memories and insights of loss and despair. By breaking the distance between the page and the reader's gaze, Poe scripted the 'I' to be universal.
    Read Charles Baudelaire's comments on Poe. He connected with Poe's genius. This is from Baudelarie: In case every introductory passage quietly draws you in like a whirlpool. His solemnity takes the reader by surprise and keeps his mind alert. Immediately he feels that something serious is involved. And slowly, little by little, a story unfolds in which all interest depends on an imperceptible intellectual deviation on a bold hypothesis, on an imprudent dose of Nature in the amalgam of faculties. The reader, seized by a kind of vertigo, is constrained to follow through his compelling deductions. (Baudelaire,1856)

  • Rookie K. Foley (3/8/2005 1:59:00 PM)

    Edgar Allen Poe was a genuis. He made the basis for short stories today. There will never be another like him in a million years. He had someting, a talent for turning feelings, experiences, ideas, into words. Like in 'The Cask Of Amontillado' that story sent chills down my spine, in another writers hand I probably would have thought it was cruel, but I wouldn't have dwelt on it, or have felt slightly sick. No doubt he had a twisted mind, but he was terribly brilliant.

  • Rookie Jackie Mcdougall (11/30/2004 2:14:00 PM)

    Edgar Allan Poe is an incredible writer- I saw 'is' as he is immortalized through his work. The fact that a mister Stan Z wrote such a ludicrous comment on Poe blows me away. Poe is dark, and creative. His diction is perfectly chosen and placed on paper. I do not really know about his personal life, but it is the strange who are the best artists. As for as Poe being 'torterd'- I am not to certain what you meant by this.
    Poe is wonderful, ad his poems and short stories are always interesting with a quirky ending that surprises even the best critic.

To Helen - 1848

I saw thee once- once only- years ago:
I must not say how many- but not many.
It was a July midnight; and from out
A full-orbed moon, that, like thine own soul, soaring,
Sought a precipitate pathway up through heaven,
There fell a silvery-silken veil of light,
With quietude, and sultriness, and slumber,
Upon the upturned faces of a thousand
Roses that grew in an enchanted garden,

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