Sarah's Reviews > The Complete Tales and Poems

The Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review

it was ok

Let me clarify: some of the stories totally deserve four or even five stars. The Raven, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart. These are all famous for a reason. They're fantastic. But let me tell you, the stories you haven't heard of--they are, likewise, unknown for a reason. Oy, the tedium. Poe really really really liked to describe things. And sometimes that's literally all that he did. No plot, no characters, just descriptions. And because he does the macabre so well, it was a shock to the system to read his other stuff that doesn't fit into that category.
15 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Complete Tales and Poems.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

April 22, 2011 – Started Reading
April 22, 2011 – Shelved
Finished Reading

Comments Showing 1-2 of 2 (2 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Ann Duffy (new)

Ann Duffy Spooky springtime for SJD.

message 2: by Emma (new)

Emma Prof Scharnhorst at UNM had an amazing theory about one of Poe's stories. Gotta remember which one now, but that it was a metaphor for, like, conception, gestation, and birth. Something like that. Like the narrator is in the womb waiting to be born and then violently birthed. Scharnhorst made quite an impression on me.

MS. Found in a Bottle! Is that in there?

Scharnhorst also blew James's "The Turn of the Screw" wide open for me.

back to top