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Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Quotations

  • ''Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. letter, Jan. 4, 1848. Julian Symons, The Tell-Tale Heart: The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe, pt. 1, ch. 13 (1978).
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  • ''Far in the forest, dim and old,
    For her may some tall vault unfold—''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Sleeper (l. 48-49). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever!
    Let the bell toll!—a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river;
    And, Guy De Vere, hast thou no tear?—weep now or never more!
    See! on yon drear and rigid bier low lies thy love, Lenore!''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Lenore (l. 1-4). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.
  • ''Some sepulcher, remote, alone,
    Against whose portal she hath thrown,
    In childhood, many an idle stone—
    Some tomb from out whose sounding door
    She ne'er shall force an echo more,
    Thrilling to think, poor child of sin!
    It was the dead who groaned within.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Sleeper (l. 54-60). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''"Avaunt! to-night my heart is light. No dirge will I upraise.
    "But waft the angel on her flight with a paean of old days!
    "Let no bell toll!—lest her sweet soul, amid its hallowed mirth,
    "Should catch the note, as it doth float up from the damned Earth.
    "To friends above, from fiends below, the indignant ghost is riven—
    "From Hell unto a high estate far up within the Heaven—
    "From grief and groan, to a golden throne, beside the King of
    Heaven."''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Lenore. . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.
  • ''A lunatic may be "soothed,"... for a time, but in the end, he is very apt to become obstreperous. His cunning, too, is proverbial, and great.... When a madman appears thoroughly sane, indeed, it is high time to put him in a straight jacket.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The superintendent of the asylum, in "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether," Graham's Magazine (1845). On rebellion in the madhouse.
  • ''The painter stood entranced before the work which he had wrought;... he grew tremulous and ... crying with a loud voice, "This is indeed Life itself!" turned suddenly to regard his beloved:MShe was dead!''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. repr. "The Oval Portrait." "Life in Death," Graham's Magazine (1842). Life sacrificed for art's sake.
  • ''On desperate seas long wont to roam,
    The hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
    Thy Naiad airs have brought me home
    To the glory that was Greece,
    And the grandeur that was Rome.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. To Helen (l. 6-10). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''While the angels, all pallid and wan,
    Uprising, unveiling, affirm
    That the play is the tragedy "Man",
    And its hero the Conqueror Worm.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Ligeia (l. 38-40). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''Helen, thy beauty is to me
    Like those Nicean barks of yore,''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. To Helen (l. 1-2). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.

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To M.L.S.

Of all who hail thy presence as the morning-
Of all to whom thine absence is the night-
The blotting utterly from out high heaven
The sacred sun- of all who, weeping, bless thee
Hourly for hope- for life- ah! above all,
For the resurrection of deep-buried faith
In Truth- in Virtue- in Humanity-
Of all who, on Despair's unhallowed bed
Lying down to die, have suddenly arisen

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