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J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 1675 comments The discussion of the poems is not to start yet, I just want to be prepared finding a good edition to read. If any one know about a well formatted edition with all 71 poems in epub, please less me know.

Here is what I have found:

There are a number of collections of Poe's poems at Gutenberg. If you don't care so much for reading every single poem, I suggest The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50852
a beautifully illustrated collection of 46 poems.

According to wikipedia 71 poems has been accredited to Poe.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poems_b...
All the poems are online - links to the right.

The University of Adelaide Library has a “The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” edition that has 71 poems in chronological order
https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/p/poe/...
Epub downloadable from https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/p/poe/...
This edition is not exactly a beauty in Epub with “Last Next” and http adresses cluttering the pages.

As far as I can tell none of the Gutenberg editions are anywhere that complete. The most “complete” is “Complete Poetical Works”
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10031/...
50 poems plus Scenes from Politian (a play), 4 Doubtful Poems, 6 Prose Poems and 3 Essays.

Volume 5 of the Raven edition on Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2151/2...
has 47 poems. Two are not in the ”Complete Poetical Works”: “LETTER TO MR. B—.” and one of the two "TO MARIE LOUISE (SHEW)”. Included in ”Complete Poetical Works”, but not the Raven edition are: A Dream Within a Dream, A Pæan, Bridal Ballad, Eulalie, To My Mother.

Some of those outside the common 45+ poems are very short like “Poetry (1824) […] Its two lines were found written on a page of some of John Allan's financial records. This is the earliest surviving manuscript in Poe's own hand.”

In November my plan is to read all 71 starting combining the “The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe” and the Adelaide Library edition. I also have a 1918 Danish translation standing – slightly falling apart and smelling a bit strange. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

So if any one know about a well formatted edition with all 71 poems in epub, I am very interested.


message 2: by Melanti (last edited Oct 14, 2017 11:10AM) (new)

Melanti | 2384 comments Interesting. I was planning on reading the Raven Edition, since I'm slowly working my way through all 5 volumes and had to poke around a bit to figure out why there's so much variance on "complete" editions. I truly thought it had them all!

It looks like the Raven Edition has let us down in terms of formatting. It does actually have the ones you listed (A Dream Within a Dream, A Pæan, Bridal Ballad, Eulalie, To My Mother). They're just not linked to in the table of contents.

For the complete Poetical works - "Letter to Mr. B--" isn't a poem, its from the intro to some volume of poetry. The second "To Marie Louise (Shew)" is listed - just under the first, it's in there as "To the same",

So, "Complete Poetical Works" and the 5th volume of the Raven Editions do have the same poems included.


It looks like many of the poems weren't located or identified as being by Poe until after these two works were published, which is why a so-called "complete" edition doesn't have them all.


Now that I know about this, I poked around a bit and found that the Delphi Complete edition is actually complete and has explanatory notes. https://www.delphiclassics.com/shop/e...
It's not free, but the poems are first, so they're all included in Amazon's free sample. So perhaps you can also find a free sample of the epub somewhere and use that? I don't use Kobo, so I don't know how it works, but it does appear to offer all the poems in the Sample from what I can tell.

Now that you've brought this up, I'm highly tempted to read the prose portions of the Raven volume then switch over to the Delphi sample for the poetry.


message 3: by J_BlueFlower (new)

J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 1675 comments Thank you for pointing to the Delphi edition. It is just $2. Never even heard about The Journal of Julius Rodman.
I like the idea about reading the poems in chronological order though.


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Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 3218 comments Melanti wrote: "Interesting. I was planning on reading the Raven Edition, since I'm slowly working my way through all 5 volumes and had to poke around a bit to figure out why there's so much variance on "complete"..."<

Thanks J and Melanti! I had a free version but that Delphi Classics you linked to Melanti is the best formatting of any Kindle book I've ever seen! Well worth the $1.99 if for no other reason than to encourage more like it. I purchased it on the spot.



message 5: by Melanti (new)

Melanti | 2384 comments Sue wrote: "Thanks J and Melanti! I had a free version but that Delphi Classics you linked to Melanti is the best formatting of any Kindle book I've ever seen! Well worth the $1.99 if for no other reason than to encourage more like it. I purchased it on the spot. .."

Welcome!

I keep hearing great things about the Delphi editions, which is why I checked it out, but their one drawback is that they're always omnibuses and I usually like stand-alone editions for authors that have written full novels.

J_BlueFlower wrote: "Thank you for pointing to the Delphi edition. It is just $2. Never even heard about The Journal of Julius Rodman.
I like the idea about reading the poems in chronological order though."


Hm. Well, the Delphi does the omnibuses in chronological order, then the uncollected in separate chronological order.

If you want to stick with the Adelaide one, though, you could probably use Calibre to clean up the Next/Back and footers. Re-converting from the HTML might improve the table of contents too.


message 6: by J_BlueFlower (new)

J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 1675 comments Melanti wrote: "If you want to stick with the Adelaide one, though, you could probably use Calibre to clean up the Next/Back and footers. "

I did not know you could do that. I looked a bit into it and could not find any tools for automatization. Now that I knew what to do, I did a clean up with Perl instead. The result is here:

https://files.fm/u/zfyhrhvq (epub format)

It is still not super nice formatting but all the strange footer html-stuff is gone now. (Not from the index page though – I wanted to keep the date just once).

I will be reading this edition in November.


message 7: by Bob, Short Story Classics (last edited Oct 19, 2017 07:22AM) (new)

Bob | 4959 comments Mod
This thread was inadvertently set up in the Short Story folder. The nominated and subsequent winner of the November Short Story selection poll was The Raven and Other Poems and it is considerably shorter than Poe’s complete work of poems. To discuss the entire collection of poetry written by Poe in a short story thread wouldn't conform to the parameters set up for short story discussion. This collection only contains 28 poems and is located at the below link:

The Raven and Other Poems

Please use this thread to discuss all of Poe's poetry, including any poems listed in the November Short Story collection. Having two discussion threads open discussing some of the same material may prove confusing and could harm either the individual threads or possibly both threads, time will tell.


message 8: by J_BlueFlower (last edited Nov 06, 2017 03:12AM) (new)

J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 1675 comments I am reading the complete poems in chronological order and has come across two poems that differ – they are not dark in any way. Inspired by Bob, I have linked the poems for quick reference:

To The River

Epigram for Wall Street

They are Poe'ish in the way that they are based on some mathematical/logic idea of symmetry and reflexion. To The River is so sweet I had to read it several times, wounding what I was missing. Epigram for Wall Street is even funny.

There are patches of humour here and there in other poems. For instance

O! I care not that my earthly lot
Hath little of Earth in it,
To M——(1828)


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J_BlueFlower (j_from_denmark) | 1675 comments To M——

This has become one of the favourite Poe poems. (view spoiler)


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