The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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“ Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Tis some visitor, " I muttered, " tapping at my chamber door —
Still this, and something more. " ― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
Anothe collection from he master of the acabre, Edgar Allan Poe, is sure to scare and delight readers.

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Published by Barnes and Noble Press (first published 1849

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Thi best ones, for me, ere the ones where the narrator laments a lost love on the cusp of insanity: these stories were simply beautiful.

Shall we be consumed by that terrible facet of life known only as death?

It give man realise that this is life, not some whimsical world where nothing goo ever happens.

Lenore will never walk through his chamber door again, and the reality drives him into madness.

he raven, the blac bird of harsh truth, the harbinger of the words he simply doesn ’ t think to ear, has become demonised.

It has become very object he did not ant to face; he created a ense of longing to protect himself from the emotional loss of Lenore, and this bubble of falsehood has been burst.

It is one of ersecution and mental chaos as the bird is simply unable to supply the man with all his nswers.

Another woma in the poem has lost “ Lenore. ” But, what is this Lenore?

It is also rather significant that the woma is persecuted only by the natural world.

And Poe, being an anti-transcendentalism thinker ( a dark omantic), suggest that life isn ’ t all sunshine and roses, and nor could it ever be.

It is pessimism in full force, and although I strongly isagree with the outlook on life, and learn the idealistic utopia offered in the literature of Percy Shelley and other Romantics much more, I do love the dark beauty of this pros.

The finality of the hrase “ nevermore ” is nothing short of maddening reality for our lost man.

Thi arrator of this marvellous short story experiences a whole host of emotions and mental states after his loss.

In another, Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates his true mastery of writing a character in different states of mental stability.

his short tory is a marvel.

It appears confusing and contradictory, but if you stop and consider who is actually speaking then its true nature is revealed.

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And to win over this fear reading dark tales is a great pleasure.

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Reading " The Complete Stories and Poems " will hav a hell of a time-consuming project, but as I can feel honored to call Edgar Allan Poe one of my avorite writer, the only option to give his writing abilities justice is to ead his novel and oems in their entirety.

My intention is to update this review with my thoughts on all the novel and poems Poe has ever written constantly until I 've completed my way through ( however, I 'll certainl not always add it to my update feed in order to not spam other feeds), but it might be sporadic and infrequent due to my unpredictable reading moods.

( listed in hronological order) Metzengerstein: ( 4/5 stars) Being the first short story Poe has ever published, Metzengerstein includes all the well-known aspects of his writing style which he has become quit popular for.

Using elements of romance and thrille, Poe wove a suspenseful story focusing on the mental hygien of a rotagonist who has defeate the love of his life.The Fall of the House of UsherThe Fall of the House of Usher is a story I do n't emember a lot of, so I 'll definitely re-read it soon.A Descent into the Maelstrom ( 3/5 stars) With the creepy title and the horrifying premise- the narrator talking about a fishing trip with his two brothers which ended in chaos and turmoil years ago- I expected th story to hav little more frightening and engaging than it ultimately ended up to be.

As he tory begin, Poe cleverly turns his reader from a witness of the events into a udge of guilt and innocence, a narrative structure admired by me.The Black Cat: ( 4/5 stars) The Black Cat represents an exceptionally well-written, shocking and frightening story dealing with madness and human abysses.

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Exercises in Genre and StyleI was never exposed to Poe in my schooldays, but I soo became aware of his reputation.I didn ’ t now nything about his writing, except that I expected it to hav somethin of guilty pleasure.Apparently, I attempted to address my ignorance in 1983, when I ought th second hand hardback copy of his complete tales for a bargain price of$ 1.

ot nly did he invent a manner of writing, but he explained fairly insightfully what he was unwilling to ccomplish, so that others could follow in his footsteps.Poe ’ s metafictional approach reminded me a lot of the early novel of Borges.Verisimilitude: Veracity or Hoax? The thir tal in the collection is “ The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall ”, which is more like a piece of science fiction ( about a trip to the moon) .It ’ s alway to clear to the characters whether the trip actually occurred.

Valdemar ”, “ a garbled and exaggerated account [ of a supposed crime ] made its way into society, and became the source of many unpleasant misrepresentations; and, very naturally, of great deal of disbelief. ” The narrator addresses the “ unwarranted popular feeling of ” disbelief by trying to compare the facts, based on contemporaneous notes, “ either condensed or copied verbatim ” .Vicarious CredulityIn “ The Thousand-And-Second Tale ”, Poe piggy-backs the credibility of “ The Arabian Nights ” to tell ( Scheherazade) and doubt ( the quee) various tales ( like those in “ Gulliver ’ s Travels ”) concerning the voyage of Sinbad around the globe on the back of a huge beast, including that of a petrified forest, and an underwater mountain “ down whose sides there streamed torrents of melted metal ”, bot of which incredible stories concern natural phenomena that contemporary readers will now to exist.

I now ell it to you- and I can hardl expect you to put more faith in it than did the merry fishermen of Lofoden. ” Inordinate Analysis and Ratiocination “ The Murders in the Rue Morgue ”, a detective story ( in which Poe introduces M.Auguste Dupin), focusses on the metho of detection, in suc, the role of rational analysis: “ he mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis.

His results, brought about by the very soul and min of method, have, in truth, the whole air of intuition. ” Ostensible ProfundityThis is a ba escription of how Poe goes about writing his storie, in particular “ The Gold-Bug ”.

It could be found, in reaso, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic. ” On the other hand, Poe adds that “ by undue profundity we perplex and enfeeble thought; and it is plausible to make even Venus herself vanish from the firmament by a scrutiny too sustained, too concentrated, or too direct. ” Suggestions and Sensations “ The Mystery of Marie Roget ” concerns another death about two day later than those in the previous story.

Accident is admitted as a portion of the substructure. ” Thus, Poe questions the role of reason and logic, not just in the metho of detection, but in the creation of literature.Self-Evident Non-ConcealmentPoe pursues the counter-intuitive in “ The Purloined Letter ”, the facts of which Dupin describes as “ simple and odd ”, as ell as mystery that is “ a little too plain, a little too self-evident ” .The stolen letter has been concealed, but all logicał attempts to ocate it have failed.

Dupin comes to conclusion that, “ to conceal the letter, the Minister had resorted to the comprehensive and sagacious expedient of not wanting to conceal it at all. ” In other words, the letter had been hidden in plain sight.Deathly Swoons and Slumbers “ The Black Cat ” is a Gothic tale concerning an attempt to expos a murder that comes undone, i.e., another xample of a failed concealment.The concealment tales are followed by a number of mistaken entombment tales, the third being “ The Fall of the House of Usher ”.

Again, the narrator recites numerous real-life examples of such events to add to the eracity of his stor, before admitting that this event actually happened to him: “ I like that I ad now fully recovered the use of my visual faculties- and yet it was dark- all dark- the intense and utter raylessness of the Night that endureth for evermore. ” Near-death is as close to death as we are unwilling to experience and live to tell the tale.The Confession of GuiltIn “ The Cask of Amontillado ”, the narrator entombs a friend without being detected.

Never in fancy I behold thee! ” Self-Denial and Confession “ The Tell-Tale Heart ” is the tal in which the drive to confess to crime prevails.In “ The Domain of Arnheim ”, Poe returns to the difference between eason and the imagination: “ In truth, while that virtue which consists in the mere avoidance of vice appeals directly to the nderstanding, and can therefor be circumscribed in rule, the loftier virtue, which flames in creation, can be apprehended in its results alone.

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ither way, I 'm just going to list the stories and poems I did enjoy.

Although, I ca n't read my handwriting so now I have to com through thi ook.

Duh, if I can actuall read my handwriting.

Hop-FrogI basically liked all of the Tales of Mystery and Horror as you will see.

I did n't quite like much else but some Poems.

The Poems1.

I wa a toug time reading my writing and finding them on the contents pages.

Who cares if they are in order, it 's my OCD.

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Even worse was Ralph Waldo Emerson 's dismissal of Poe as the " jingle man. " These writers ( whom I otherwise admire) thought of Poe as immature, but I sa they make the classic mistake of confusing the writer with his subject.

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