Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

  • ''There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. The Black Cat (1854).
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  • ''The waves have now a redder glow—
    The hours are breathing faint and low—
    And when, amid no earthly moans,
    Down, down that town shall settle hence,
    Hell, rising from a thousand thrones,
    Shall do it reverence.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The City in the Sea (l. 48-53). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
    In a strange city lying alone
    Far down within the dim West,
    Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
    Have gone to their eternal rest.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The City in the Sea (l. 1-5). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''Resignedly beneath the sky
    The melancholy waters lie.
    So blend the turrets and shadows there
    That all seem pendulous in air,
    While from a proud tower in the town
    Death looks gigantically down.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The City in the Sea (l. 24-29). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''No sooner had I glanced at this letter, than I concluded it to be that of which I was in search. To be sure, it was, to all appearance, radically different from the one of which the Prefect had read us so minute a description.... But, then, the radicalness of these differences ... these things ... were strongly corroborative of suspicion.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The detective Dupin speaking to the narrator. The Gift (1844). Suggestive of dream censorship.
  • ''Semi-Saracenic architecture, sustaining itself as if by miracle in mid air; glittering in the red sunlight with a hundred oriels, minarets, and pinnacles; and seeming the phantom handiwork, conjointly, of the Sylphs,... the Fairies,... the Genii, and ... the Gnomes.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "The Domain of Arnheim," Columbian Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine (1847). The epogee of beauty in the dreamscape of the arabesque.
  • ''Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
    On its roof did float and flow''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
    Assailed the monarch's high estate;''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''In 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!''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''like a ghastly rapid river,
    Through the pale door
    A hideous throng rush out forever,
    And laugh—but smile no more.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.

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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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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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