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Although best known for his tales, Edgar Allan Poe himself thirsted for fame primarily as a poet. This volume, assembled by the eminent Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott, is the single most authoritative edition of Poe's poems ever published: 101 poems and their variants, including such gems as "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee," as well as previously uncollected poems, fragments, verses he published in reviews he wrote, and poems attributed to him.

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Although best known for his tales, Edgar Allan Poe himself thirsted for fame primarily as a poet. This volume, assembled by the eminent Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott, is the single most authoritative edition of Poe's poems ever published: 101 poems and their variants, including such gems as "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee," as well as previously uncollected poems, fragments, verses he published in reviews he wrote, and poems attributed to him.

In this exhaustive collection, Mabbott takes a fresh look at these texts, aiming "to present what [Poe] wrote, to explain why he wrote it, to tell what he meant when he wrote it (if that be in any way obscure), and to give a history of its publication." Containing the definitive poems as well as pertinent biographical background, full annotations, and a meticulous enumeration of successive texts and variants, Mabbott's edition stands as a firm foundation for Poe scholarship as well as for more general appreciation.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Mabbott's full-dress edition of the poems . . . carries the authority of having been done from first to last by the one scholar best equipped to do it.
Southern Literary Journal
Mabbott was recognized as unquestionably the dean of all Poe authorities, in the sweep and depth of his scholarly expertise in a class by himself. . . . The Poems is almost unimaginably complete.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252069215
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 1,225,847
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Projected Edition
Introduction to the Poems
Lines to Richmond Schoolgirls 3
Epistola AD Magistrum 4
An Early Satire 5
Farewell to Master Clarke 5
Poetry 5
Satire on the Junior Debating Society 6
Don Pompioso 7
Oh, Tempora! Oh, Mores! 8
Translation from Tasso 13
Experimental Verses 14
To Margaret 14
To Octavia 16
Tamerlane 22
Song ("I Saw Thee on thy Bridal Day") 65
Dreams 67
Spirits of the Dead 70
Evening Star 73
Imitation 75
Stanzas ("In Youth ...") 76
A Dream 79
The Happiest Day 80
The Lake 82
Sonnet - to Science 90
Al Aaraaf 92
Romance 127
To - ("Should my Early Life Seem") 129
To [Elmira] ("The Bowers") 132
To the River [PO] 133
To M - ("I Heed Not") 135
Fairyland [I] 138
Alone 145
To Isaac Lea 147
Elizabeth [Rebecca] 147
An Acrostic ("Elizabeth, It Is in Vain") 149
Lines on Joe Locke 150
Introduction 156
Mysterious Star! (A New Introduction to "Al Aaraaf") 159
Fairy Land [II] 161
To Helen 163
Israfel 171
Irene and the Sleeper 179
The Valley of Unrest 189
The City in the Sea 196
A Paean 204
Epigram from Pulci 211
To One in Paradise 211
Hymn 216
Latin Hymn 218
Song of Triumph 219
Enigma [On Shakespeare] 220
Serenade 222
To - ("Sleep on") 223
Fanny 225
The Coliseum 226
To Mary Starr 232
To Frances S. Osgood 233
To Frances 236
Politian 241
Parody on Drake 301
May Queen Ode 302
Spiritual Song 303
Bridal Ballad 304
To Zante 310
The Haunted Palace 312
Couplet from "the Fall of the House of Usher" 318
Motto for "William Wilson" 319
Sonnet - Silence 320
The Conqueror Worm 323
Motto for the Stylus 328
Motto for "The Gold-Bug" 329
Lenore 330
Hexameter 339
To Elizabeth Winchester - Impromptu 339
Fragment of a Campaign Song 340
Dream-Land 342
Eulalie 347
The Raven 350
Lines After Elizabeth Barrett 377
Epigram for Wall Street 378
Impromptu: To Kate Carol 379
To [Violet Vane] 380
The Divine Right of Kings 382
Stanzas [to F.S.O.] 385
A Valentine 386
Model Verses 392
Deep in Earth 396
To Miss Louise Olivia Hunter 396
To Marie Louise Shew 399
The Beloved Physician 401
Holy Eyes 404
To Marie Louise 405
Ulalume 409
An Enigma [Sarah Anna Lewis] 424
The Bells 429
To Helen [Whitman] 441
Lines on Ale 449
A Dream Within a Dream 450
For Annie 452
Eldorado 461
To My Mother 465
Annabel Lee 468
App. I Serious Rhymes in Prose 484
App. II Comic Rhymes 485
App. III Collaborations 491
App. IV Apocrypha 497
App. V Verses by Members of Poe's Family 515
Annals of Poe's Life 527
Sources of Texts Collated 573
Other Sources Frequently Cited 589
Index of First Lines 597
Index of Names and Titles 601
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    The Indispensable Poe . . .

    Thomas Ollive Mabbott spent most of his life planning and preparing his collected edition of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Regrettably, he did not live to enjoy the long retirement he had anticipated would give him the time to complete his self-appointed task. He died in 1968, just as the volume of Poems was in press. (Two subsequent volumes of Poe's Tales & Sketches were sufficiently near completion that his wife, a fine scholar in her own right, was able to finish and publish those.) Long out of print, this reissue makes available what is unquestionably the finest and most complete edition of Poe's poetry which has ever been printed, or is likely to be printed. In addition to all of the well-known poems (such as 'The Raven,' 'Alone' and 'Annabel Lee'), it includes such lesser poems as 'Lines on Ale,' and the fragmentary 'The Beloved Physician,' and variants of each poem are dutifully recorded. The real reason to acquire this particular volume, however, is Mabbott's extensive notes and introductory material. In these thorough and engaging notes, the background of each poem is established, obscure references are clarified, and specific correlations between the poems are documented. The previous paperback edition (from 1980) dropped Dr. Mabbott's valuable appendixes, which are restored here. The list of 'rejected poems' will save many hours of debate about hundreds of poems which have been falsely attributed to Poe over the years -- and the 'Annals,' a short biography of Poe, is a gem in its own right. In spite of a few minor typographical errors (several references to Poe's 'Marginalia' are misnumbered by one), and one or two questionable attributions (such as the 'Monody on Doctor Olmstead,' given, at least, as 'apocrypha'), no devotee of Poe can afford to be without this indispensable volume.

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