Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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Spirits Of The Dead


Thy soul shall find itself alone
'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
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  • Rookie - 63 Points Stephen Loomes (10/4/2014 8:36:00 PM)

    Very carefully crafted in traditional meter with simple rhyming, which I like because it puts music to his verse. It is aspirational, or what we might call, wishful thinking. The mock Shakespearean tone, using antique pronouns such as thy is a cute touch to make his solemn subject biblical, but it is a hopeful piece by a gifted pen man. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 Points Natasha Foster (3/1/2013 10:47:00 AM)

    To Lilith: I have a book of his short stories and poems, too! Isn't he the most amazing author? ! He's my #1 favorite of them all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 Points Assorted Thoughts (2/7/2012 6:52:00 PM)

    Poe actually did achieve a fair amount of accolades during his lifetime.
    Unlike some other poets, the most accurate reviews of his work were recorded during his existence.
    History has deemed Poe as king of the damned and as long as we adhere to that formula he will never find peace… if you believe in that sort of thing ? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Alek Lenth (2/7/2012 6:03:00 PM)

    I have always admired how Poe takes direct command of color and light in his poems. Although often cast as dark and grey, when he bursts in with red it really sets my mind for the strangeness about to come... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 315 Points Juan Olivarez (2/7/2012 9:07:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe in my opinion is the greatest of all American poets. Greater by far that Walt Whitman. My proof is this, everybody can recite several of Poe's poems. The only one's tat I know people can recite of Whitman is Oh Captain My Captain.Whitman though a great orator and writer wrote poems that are so forgettable. Poe was in a class all his own. The way he used words is unmatched by any other poet on Earth. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Manonton Dalan (2/7/2012 3:43:00 AM)

    i was just little kid when my father passed away;
    that first night was full of thoughts where did he go,
    a place we know little about. maybe he will come
    back from those distant hill so quiet or maybe will
    come back like breeze to kiss my face...but never
    did. my sadness went away in few days. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Joseph Poewhit (2/7/2010 4:05:00 AM)

    POE, brings a real perspective of GOD, the universe and the minute size of a dew drop.Capturing the mortal clay of our selfs, in the vastness of GODS heaven (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 119 Points Indira Renganathan (2/7/2010 3:47:00 AM)

    A released spirit after death doesn't mean to be the liberated soul.....it's only the spirit fresh with the dead's still alive thoughts or emotions from which the soul is to depart once for all for next birth after a destined period....and that is the mystery of mysteries....the poet has depicted it beautifully.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 119 Points Terence George Craddock (2/7/2010 2:09:00 AM)

    Edger Allan Poe is the master of the macabre in both short story and in verse. The persona of this poem relates another of Edger's possible thematic dimensions of death. These spirits of the dead are lost souls newly come into death, and we witness their first hour of death, as our own potential after life. 'Into thine hour of secrecy', could be our own fate or destiny, our own first awakening in death. The newly deceased are advised 'Be silent in that solitude', in that first hour, because
    In life before thee, are again
    In death around thee, and their will
    Shall overshadow thee; be still.
    The concept of spirits long dead assuming greater power than the newly dead is embedded in many cultures. The poem attains rich macabre imagery but the essence is
    Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
    Now are visions ne'er to vanish;
    These words describing thoughts and visions ne’er to banish or vanish, imply an eternity to face the consequences of our deeds in life in a limbo of the lost. Another rich tale from a master, at invoking settings of emotive alternative realities. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Ramesh T A (2/7/2010 1:58:00 AM)

    With the death everything will not disappear of a person! Spirit of persons like the light of hope burning inside, like the dew dropp on leaves and mist on hills will be there forever. This will be as mysterious as the mist on the hill ever! Nice speculation over matter after death! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Ross Tirapelle (11/25/2009 9:20:00 PM)

    It sems like a warning to me... Tread light when you walk upon the dead or ghosts and goblins will come and shake your bed. I love Poe! (Report) Reply

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