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The Complete Poetry

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The eerie tales of Edgar Allan Poe remain among the most brilliant, enduring, and influencial works in American literature. But Poe is also the author of some of the most haunting poetry ever written--poems of love, death and loneliness that have lost none of their power to enthrall in this unique Signet Classic edition.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 1996 by Signet Classics (first published 1876)
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Dec 02, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it
When I was younger I was under the impression Poe was just a sort of mad man writer who seemed fixated on creepy imagery, death, shadows, fear, etc. either because he was some mad genius, had a mental disorder, or was unduly affected by his fondness for alcohol. In reading his poems one gets a less distorted and shallow sense of the man: he was, essentially, lonely. He craved companionship and love like most humans. However, it appears he felt that Fate, God, and the Universe were unspeakably cr ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book overall. I adored some poems but found others to be tedious and confusing. Some poems were difficult to understand, and many, particularly the poems written for specific people, might have been more enjoyable if the book had provided some kind of information or context. Some of these poems just don't work in a vacuum. These poems range from romance to horror to fantasy, and there is even a drama included at the end of the book. The poems are given in reverse chronological orde ...more
Probably best when read drunk and listening to Lustmord.

Kapak tasarımı (sert kapak, çarpıcı font ve renkler): Şahane
Kağıt: (Saman, sayfalar büyük, okuması zevkli): Şahane
İçerik: Hikayelerini daha çok sevsem de şiirlerini de seviyorum, Poe sonuçta!: Güzel.

Çeviri: Kötü. Maalesef.

Şiir çevirmek başka bir şey işte, içine ruh katmadan olmuyor bu iş, metin çevirmeye benzemiyor. Yani bir dili bilmek o dile ait şiirleri çevirmek için yeterli değil. Kelimelerle oynamak, farklı söylenişlerini bulmak, Türkçe'nin içine güzelce serpiştirmek gerekiyor bazen. Ben O
Tabi Card
Dec 23, 2013 Tabi Card rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How is it, that with my love the dark and beautiful stories, that I have never read Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry? I have no idea, but I’m glad I finally have! Some gave me shivers, some were gorgeous, and all had this undertone of longing in them. I loved them all, but have to say some favorites were ‘The Raven’ (that one line “Quoth the Raven – Nevermore!” is just so haunting and has so much meaning!) ‘Fairyland’ and ‘The Haunted Palace’. But they were all so good and such examples of older and yet ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Ann-Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Annabel Lee" has always been one of my favorite poems. I loved the haunting beauty and tragedy of it and the theme of eternal love. This little book is a great collection for those who like the chilling touch of the macabre in their poetry or even just evocative lyrics. On a quick side note, I like "The Raven" and have to admit that whenever I think of it I think of that Simpsons episode that has James Earl Jones reciting it with the help of Homer and Bart. Classic.
Matthew Huff
Jul 08, 2016 Matthew Huff rated it really liked it
Lyrical, startling, moving, beautiful - everything I expected from Poe.

Particular favorites:

Annabel Lee
The Raven
A Valentine
The Conqueror Worm
The Coliseum
Sonnet to Science
Tasniem Sami
Mar 23, 2015 Tasniem Sami rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
أؤمن ان الشعر هو تحكم في السياق ، ذلك ما يعطيه هذه القدرة علي " العنف علي الكلام" العادي للبشر ، يُشبِّه ادجار الان بو أثر القصيدة كأثر "الدمغ بالشمع" مما يعني ان للقصيدة أثرين - أحدهما قريب والآخر بعيد لا أقصد في الفاصل الزمني .هناك قصيدة لشيللي يشبه تأثيرها هذا " الدمغ بالشمع " - القصيدة دافئة ، خيالها رقيق وأثيري ، لكن تشعر دائماً انه ليس بالعمق الذي شعر به الشاعر هذا الذي أستيقظ ليلاً من أحلام حُلوة عن محبوبته ليسبح في النسيم المُعطر لليلة صيفيه
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Oct 04, 2013 Ben rated it it was amazing
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I should be grading papers right now, but I decided first to write a review of The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. In "A Dream within a Dream" Poe writes: "And I hold within my hand/Grains of the golden sand -- How few! yet how they creep/Through my fingers to the deep,/While I weep -- while I weep! O God! can I not grasp/Them with a tighter clasp?"). As the hours of our lives dwindle away, I find writing a review of Poe -- whose writings cultivate the spirit and haunt the soul -- a better u ...more
Andee Schuck
I read this with an entire bottle of Chardonnay floating through my blood stream. I dimmed the lights. I put on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. And I let Eddy Poe take me to his world.

And it was great.

Poe has some of the best lines:

"Nevermore." -the only word the stupid bird knows

"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!" --modern English translation: "Go to hell!"

"Ulalume." --what I plan to name my first born.

"These were the days when my heart was volcanic" --was it lov
Sarah Harakeh
Dec 18, 2015 Sarah Harakeh rated it it was amazing
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No words can describe how much I love Poe's works. His poems can touch the heart and mind at the same time. His poem "Alone" will always be my favorite poem ever.

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—
Nov 30, 2011 Kacie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of poems by Edgar Allan Poe is filled with poetry speaking of death, hope, hopelessness, the sense of time and how everything changes as days go by. Some of it is rather gloomy but at the same time many of these selected poems bring words of wisdom as well as hope. Most of the poem's are relatable to Poe's life. "A Dream Within A Dream" discusses the death of Poe's wife. He cannot seem to let go of the memory of his love and it shows his hope and despair. Each and every poem is f ...more
Miranda Rae
Nov 12, 2013 Miranda Rae rated it it was amazing
"Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works" was really good. Edgar Poe has always been one of my favorite poets. I love his dark style. I would have loved to have been able to meet and talk with him.
The book of poetry was divided into seven sections. These are: Poems of Later Life, Poems of Manhood, Scenes from 'Politian,' Poems of Youth, Doubtful Poems, Prose Poems, and Essays. The section titles explain themselves. My favorite poems were the doubtful poems. They seem very melancholy and make m
Sep 02, 2013 Osman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yapılabilecek en kötü çevirilerden biri yapılmış. Daha önce MEB kitaplarında okuduğum Annabel Lee'nin çevirisi bile daha iyiydi. Birebir çevirmek yerine, çevirmen kendi uygun gördüğü sözcükleri seçmiş. Bu benim çevirilerde pek de hoşlanmadğım bir şey. Bazı kelimeler, ikilemeler atlanmış bile! O yüzden de eleştirilerim çevirmen ve yayınevi ile alakalı. Poe'nin şiirleri elbette malum...
İthaki Yayınevi'ne ben pek yakıştıramadım. Süslü cildine, sert kapağına kanıp aldık.
Greg Kerestan
May 22, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it really liked it
What matters more with a poet- quality or quantity? Do a handful of great poems make up for a backlog of mediocrity? Poe's best work is flawless, peerless and unforgettable. The rest of it is usually dismissible and occasionally dreck. Reading the whole of Poe's poetic output shows how strong his classic poems were, but also shows how freely and frequently he self-plagiarized, stretched for a rhyme, or fell back on acrostic or gimmick forms. None of this dilutes from the greatness of his greates ...more
Mugren Al-Ohaly
Aug 24, 2013 Mugren Al-Ohaly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'd have given the poems a higher rating, had I been able to better understand them.
Scott Knier
May 27, 2014 Scott Knier rated it it was amazing
When Hearing Poe's name, most people think of poetry, however it’s very difficult to find someone who knows something other than The Raven. Most of Edgar’s greatest hits tend to be in the short story section, with The Tell-Tale Heart, The Premature Burial, or The Masque of the Red Death. However, some of his better, creepier, dreamier works are in his poetry. This book contains a very diverse amount of content from his first: Tamerlane in 1827, to his last and one of my all time favorite; The Be ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Bonny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Poe and come back each year to read a bit of his work, usually just a few mixed in with the most obvious- The Raven, Lenore, Ulalume, The Bells and Annabel Lee. This year I decided to read The Complete Poems, four things marking it memorable:
1. Three stormy nights of rain, wind and scratching branches against my window, setting a perfect mood
2. Finishing the book on Poe's 203rd birthday
3. A friend posting pictures of his visit to the Poe Museum and Poe's gravestone
4. Discovering Poe''s
Ian Casey
Aug 04, 2016 Ian Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can't spell poetry without Poe, but you can try.


Edgar was all about quality over quantity, as is evident here. In this Signet Classics edition of his complete poetry, the poetry itself falls just shy of 100 pages. And yet, his genius and enduring influence are undeniable.

On a list of short reads that will enrich your life, this would have to be in pride of place.
Lucy Sobey
mmmm I won't put stars:))) only becauseee I didn't understand a lot of the poetry, but that's in part my fault because this is literally the first poetry I've read and that probably wasn't a good idea. Apart from that I liked the forward and afterward, and most of the poems I understood I did like, and some of the other ones, I liked because of the general abstract I felt they had.
Mel Vincent
Aug 07, 2009 Mel Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Edgar Allan Poe is truly timeless and prolific. His works are true and ground breaking. Without him, there wouldn't have been poems or works that talked about mystery, suspense, detective genres and the dark sides of life. He pointed out that not all stories end happily and it is even seen in his poems too. No one at the time was writing these kinds of aspects but him and I strongly believe that he should be granted the title "The Father of the Detective story" but sadly many contemporary writer ...more
Mamdouh Abu Borda
Poe , who is well known for his famous poem "The Raven" , has another poems that may be actually better.

Edgar AlLan Poe has tried out too many styles in his poems , but all of them shared the same concept of "Creepiness" , the kind of weirdness we love.

I think that's because of the hard circumstances Poe had suffered from through his whole life, i felt pity for him.

It was hard to understand some poems actually , but as usual Google saves the day.

I like "The Bells" and "Annabel Lee" the most.
I'm so disappointed I didn't get on with this all that well. I thought a bit of gothic poetry would be right up my street, but sadly no.
I found the overall collection very melancholic and depressing. Most of his themes are around lost loves dying too young and after a while it did get a bit tedious. The overall grief he was feeling for the loss of his beloved wife (and cousin) Virginia echoes throughout. As do the doomed relationships that followed her.
However, there were a couple of poems that
Jan 19, 2012 Joe1207 rated it liked it
I read this off my new Kindle, and to better improve the reading atmosphere, I inverted the text to have the words white and the background black. It added a very nice, creepy touch.

I saw this a while back and now I can't pass up putting this on here:

Aug 01, 2016 Keira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed some of them, but others I did not, as is typical when reading collections of poetry. I have ear-marked my favourite ones to go back to them in the future should I choose.

These are the poems I liked most:

The Sleeper
To One in Paradise
To F-
The Raven
"My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone."

Bu şiirler adeta şarkılar gibi, şarkı okudum... Büyülü, bambaşka bir eser. İnsan ritmine kapılıveriyor...

"O hyacinthine isle! O purple Zante!
'Isola d'oro! Fior di Levante!"
Allison Socha
Jan 31, 2011 Allison Socha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic! My favorite writer. He is able to create suspense seemingly effortlessly.
Mamdouh Abdullah
Jul 23, 2016 Mamdouh Abdullah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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قراءة لبعض قصائد إدغار آلان بو: لينور, آنابيل لي, والغراب
Sep 21, 2012 Author rated it really liked it
always enjoy reading his books and i own one myself
Feb 17, 2014 Neu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Like most of his short stories, Edgar Allan Poe's poems are dark and gothic with many of them centered around a lost beloved one, an undying love and death. I found myself drawn to poems that were more straightforward and closer to something that could've been written in the last few decades but at the same time I was also intrigued by the more lyrical and symbolic poems, trying very much to understand what Poe was trying to say.

Like I enjoy his short stories and the themes behind them, I enjoye
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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of ...more
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“Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro' the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
'Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves.
I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold–too cold for me-
There pass'd, as a shroud,
A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
For joy to my heart
Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night,
And more I admire
Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.”
“We grew in age - and love - together
Roaming the forest, and the wild;
My breast her shield in wintry weather -
And, when the friendly sunshine smil'd,
And she would mark the opening skies,
I saw no Heaven - but in her eyes.”
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