The importance of Edgar Allan Poe to literary history can hardly be exaggerated; his genius and originality, both in terms of language and technique, influenced the French Symbolists of the late 19th century and thus changed the course of modern literature. Although chiefly remembered for his short stories, poetry was his first love, and this magnificently decorated edition presents Poe's complete poems in addition to his most important critical essays on poetry.
Featuring such immortal works as "The Raven" "Annabel Lee," and "The Bells," this volume meticulously re-creates the famed 1900 Endymion edition, a series comprising the works of Robert Browning, Keats, and other luminaries. Poe's dark obsessions and fascination with the supernatural find a perfect match in the powerful and haunting imagery of artist W. Heath Robinson, whose headpieces, tailpieces, decorated titles, and other illustrations appear throughout the book.
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About the Author
The father of the detective novel and an innovator in the genre of science fiction, Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) made his living as America's first great literary critic. Today he is best remembered for his short stories and poems, haunting works of horror and mystery that remain popular around the world.
W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944) illustrated more than 60 books, including Bill the Minder, The Giant Crab and Other Tales from Old India, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and The Water Babies as well as several volumes of stories and poems by Rudyard Kipling.
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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered,
Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December,
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me — filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
But the Raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;
Then, me thought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! — prophet still, if bird or devil! —
Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! — prophet still, if bird or devil!
"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting —
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
Hear the sledges with the bells —
Hear the mellow wedding bells,
Oh, from out the sounding cells,
Hear the loud alarum bells —
Of the bells Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Hear the tolling of the bells —
The skies they were ashen and sober;
Here once, through an alley Titanic,
Our talk had been serious and sober,
And now, as the night was senescent And star-dials pointed to morn —
And I said — "She is warmer than Dian:
Ah, we safely may trust to its gleaming,
Thus I pacified Psyche and kissed her,
Then my heart it grew ashen and sober As the leaves that were crisped and sere —
The ring is on my hand,
And my lord he loves me well;
But he spoke to reassure me,
And thus the words were spoken,
Would to God I could awaken!
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Table of Contents
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
PREFACE AND DEDICATION TO THE VOLUME OF 1845
To F__s S.__ d
The City in the Sea
The Conqueror Worm
To my Mother
To One in Paradise
A Dream within a Dream
The Haunted Palace
To Mr. L. S.__
The Valley of Unrest
POEMS WRITTEN IN YOUTH
Sonnet: To Science
Spirits of the Dead
The Lake: To__
"The Happiest Day"
To the River
Notes to Al Aaraaf
SCENES FROM POLITIAN
LETTER TO MR. __
ESSAY ON THE POETIC PRINCIPLE
ESSAY ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF COMPOSITION
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