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The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
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An excellent compilation of all of Poe's works - short stories, novella, and poetry. His stunning prose and emphasis on creative, clear imagery has set him aside as a master to be remembered. Although the writing style is rather old-fashioned and high formal, it is mesmerizing how well he played with words to create masterpieces. His poetry remains my favorite of the pieces, he had a knack for conveying powerful imagery in little words.

His detective stories were not really my style, but his horror and gothic themed tales riveted me - I was delighted especially with the Masque of the Red Death, my personal favorite. His brilliance with suspense and tension is perfectly displayed in The Pit and the Pendulum, and madness and morbidity favorites were The Black Cat, The Premature Burial, and of course The Raven.

Who can ever forget the haunting Annabel Lee?

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Edgar Allan Poe
A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
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?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?”
Edgar Allen Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems

Edgar Allan Poe
“Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems

Edgar Allan Poe
Eldorado

Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old—
This knight so bold—
And o’er his heart a shadow—
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow—
‘Shadow,’ said he,
‘Where can it be—
This land of Eldorado?’

‘Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,’
The shade replied,—
‘If you seek for Eldorado!”
Edgar Allen Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems

Edgar Allan Poe
“Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems


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