Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

  • ''I was a child and she was a child,
    In this kingdom by the sea;
    But we loved with a love which was more than love --
    I and my Annabel Lee.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. first published in New York Tribune (Oct. 9, 1849). Annabel Lee, st. 2 (written 1845). The poem is addressed to Poe's 13-year-old cousin and wife, Virginia Clemm, who died in 1847 aged 24.
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  • ''The radiance was that of the full, setting, and blood-red moon, which now shone vividly through that once barely- discernible fissure,... extending from the roof of the building, in a zigzag direction, to the base. While I gazed, this fissure rapidly widened.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "The Fall of the House of Usher," Burton's Gentleman's Magazine (1839). A metaphor for the defloration of the deceased Madeline Usher.
  • ''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.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Annabel Lee (l. 1-6). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''Nor had I erred in my calculations—nor had I endured in vain. I at length felt that I was free.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "The Pit and the Pendulum," The Gift (1842). Ratiocination propelled by the life instinct.
  • ''She was a child and I 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.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Annabel Lee (l. 7-12). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''I exacted the most sacred oaths, that under no circumstances they would bury me until decomposition had so materially advanced as to render farther preservation impossible. And, even then, my mortal terrors would listen to no reason—would accept no consolation. I entered into a series of elaborate precautions.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "The Premature Burial," Dollar Newspaper (1844). The aborted confession, the major theme in Poe's writings, symbolized by burial alive.
  • ''Their hotels are bad. Their pumpkin pies are delicious. Their poetry is not so good.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. quoted in Julian Symons, The Tell-Tale Heart: The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe, pt. 1, ch. 12 (1978). Broadway Journal (1845).
  • ''TRUE!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "The Tell-Tale Heart," The Pioneer (1843). Conflicted by occulted guilt, defensiveness and pride.
  • ''By a route obscure and lonely,
    Haunted by ill angels only,
    Where an eidolon, named Night,
    On a black throne reigns upright,
    I have reached these lands but newly
    From an ultimate dim Thule—
    From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime,
    Out of space—out of time.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Dream-Land (l. 1-8). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • ''You have conquered, and I yield. Yet, henceforward art thou ... dead to the World, to Heaven and to Hope! In me didst thou exist—and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own, how utterly thou has murdered thyself.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator's double, in "William Wilson," The Gift (1839). Murder as suicide.

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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 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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