Monday, December 6, 2010

The Raven And Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
My copy published 1992
Source: bought it for my son

Everyone knows the poem "The Raven" and probably several of Poe's many stories.  I had never read any of Poe's other poems prior to reading this book.  Not surprisingly, there's not a happy one in the bunch. Poe's life was difficult and filled with the lose of loved ones, many of the deaths being memorialized in his poetry. 

There were only a couple of poems that I liked in this collection; I far prefer Poe's stories to his poetry.  The relentless sadness, the strange cadence of some of the poems, and the similarity between so many of the poems all served to make this slim volume one I had to fight to get through.  This one pretty much sums up so many of them and so much more succintly:

"Deep In Earth"
Deep in earth my love is lying
And I must weep alone.
I read this collection as part of the Gilmore Girls Challenge.  I can't tell you how much I wish Rory would have read "The Tell-Tale Heart" instead of "The Raven!"


  1. I have not read much Poe, but have always wanted to. I will agree with you that it does sound like all his writing is rather dark though!

  2. I have a few of his books in my library so I'm going to make sure to read it for the challenge next year!

  3. I've read several of Poe's stories but haven't read any of his poetry beyond The Raven. I like dark writing so I probably should check it out.

  4. I haven't read any Poe, so the stories and poetry are unfamiliar except my first date at the movies with Franco(my husband), was to see The Pit and the Pendulum!
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Yesterday I found a 2000 edition of 'Celtic Fairy Tales' a collection by Joseph Jacobs written in 1892. I think it was 'waiting' for me to buy for a few English pence as I'm reading some fantasy, folk tales the moment, partly due to your posts on this type of genre.

  5. I'm such a Poe freak that my email address is from one of his stories, my old blog was named for it as well, and my spinning wheel is named Annabel Lee. I too like his stories better than his poems.

  6. All three of my kids read The Raven in 8th grade English class, so I reread it several times over the past several years, or heard it being recited. They did a whole unit on Poe--those dark short stories appeal to teens--and my daughter's FB quote is from Annabel Lee, so I guess she ending up liking Poe. :)

    I do like it, though, and always enjoy the GG episode when the Poe society descends on Starrs Hollow and competing Poes recite The Raven.

    My favorite Raven-in-pop-culture, though, is the Simpsons treatment...definitely worth finding on UTube.