Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Spirits Of The Dead - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

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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  • (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.
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  • 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

  • (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

  • (2/7/2009 3:19:00 PM)

    He's talking about the incessant dialogue between mortality and immortality, mortals and immortals, and how that's a mystery. It pays to reread before pinning down something so masterful. (Report) Reply

  • (2/7/2008 10:15:00 AM)

    The poem flows well. He sees an emptiness to death. I can understand how someone could feel that way. But death has not stopped life. Wonderful people pass through the world and really leave legacies and positive memories. John Donne 'For Whom the Bell Tolls, ' has a fuller view of death.

    I suppose Poe is talking about the mystery of death. Perhaps that is the theme. But he let his characteristic dreary and morbid feelings make the mystery too much indifference and misery.
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  • (2/7/2007 12:19:00 PM)

    Beautiful. The imagry he evokes adds layers and dimension. It is not just a putting down of feeling like a lot of 'poets' today. It was skillfully crafted to express and depict a thread of truth that we must all come to terms with- what lays beyong the grave, what becomes of thos that pass before us. (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2006 3:15:00 AM)

    Gripping stuff. Superb. (Report) Reply

  • (11/14/2005 11:29:00 AM)

    its still good but not as good as annabel lee all he is doing is putting down his feelings like how he starts off the poem SPIRITS OF THE DEAD-
    Thy soul shall find itself alone
    'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
    Not one, o.........
    its shows that he is sad and never had a happy point in his life with out love.
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  • (2/7/2005 2:57:00 PM)

    A bit gloomy for my taste. (Report) Reply

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