The Raven and Other Favorite Poems : Shakespeare, Keats, Poe, Dickinson and Whitman, Paperback

The Raven and Other Favorite Poems : Shakespeare, Keats, Poe, Dickinson and Whitman Paperback

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3 out of 5 (4 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780486266855


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Portentous crow dudes, and others. For fans of the horror end of comics, as well as The Raven and its Crow like links, this collection of Poe poetry also includes The Conqueror Worm.Out- out are the lights- out all! And, over each quivering form,The curtain, a funeral pall, Comes down with the rush of a storm,While the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirmThat the play is the tragedy, "Man," And its hero the Conqueror Worm.

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This slim volume (a mere 50-some pages all told) of Edgar Allen Poe's lyrical work is a delightful read. The only reason it didn't get more stars from me was because it was so short. Included is, of course, Poe's most famous poem "The Raven." But also present are greats such as "Israfel," "Anabel Lee," and my personal favorite, "The Conqueror Worm."The book attempts to go chronologically through the selected works. I say attempts because there is some uncertainty as to the specific dates some of the works were put to paper. This type of arrangement was interesting, as I was able to discern a marked progression in his poetic style. Much of Poe's earlier work was quite childish, sounding much like the sentimental ramblings of an immature teen--which it actually was. In his later works, however, Poe's brilliance truly shines. His rhyme and meter and voice are melodic in tone, making the poetry a joy to read aloud as well. More than a couple times I've lulled my infant son to sleep with recitations of "Lenore" and "The Bells."The book is short and sweet and can be read and enjoyed in just an hour or two of dedicated reading. If you're a novice to Poe or simply want a good overview of his more famous works, this book comes with the highest recommendation possible.

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Are all poets fascinated with death? I think I've asked that question somewhere else. I know think the answer has to be: "Yes". I did not enjoy any of these until I got to The Raven. Then, and after that, I enjoyed Eulalie, Ulalume and For Annie, That's not much in an anthology of about 42 poems. Still, I shouldn't be surprised. I have had no training in how to read and appreciate poetry. My English master at school was more of a prose aficionado and accordingly, I think, I prefer that type of written communication. I keep trying by reading these things and I didn't think much of Mr. Poe.

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When I read "The Raven," I could hear Duke professor Reynolds Price reading it during his annual Halloween storytelling. :)