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PostSubject: Edgar Allan Poe   Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:55 am

Having stumbled across Annabel Lee again recently, I just thought I'd bring Poe up. What's your favorite Poe poem, everyone?

Annabel Lee:
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16055

The poem isn't very obscure, but I still love it. The theme of everlasting love and the fantastical setting tug at my heartstrings. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Edgar Allan Poe   Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:24 am

This poem is beautiful - it reminds me of landscapes and themes prominent in fantasy literature and folklore, almost Tolkien-esque. The recurring chorus is something I remember from medieval poetry, too. But still it doesn't feel as gothic as much of Poe's other poems. I remember The Raven, which we had to read in "Introduction to Literature", and which quite creeped me out. But Annabel Lee seems to be less harsh, less gory, in a way less haunting.

I also remember the sonnet "To Science", which I despised. (I also thought it wasn't a very good idea to present first-semester students with a text in which science is depicted as horrible).

All of these have in common that Poe inevitably ends his poems with a tragic note: Sooner or later, he'll talk about death, in most cases sooner. It makes me think that Poe may have been depressive. Though, when I think about it, he might just as well have flirted with the classic image of the tormented artist... In any case, I'd much prefer fewer references to death.

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PostSubject: Re: Edgar Allan Poe   Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:41 pm

Grace wrote:

All of these have in common that Poe inevitably ends his poems with a tragic note: Sooner or later, he'll talk about death, in most cases sooner. It makes me think that Poe may have been depressive. Though, when I think about it, he might just as well have flirted with the classic image of the tormented artist... In any case, I'd much prefer fewer references to death.

Poe's wife died of Tuberculosis (I think other women he loved did too, but I'm not sure). He turned to alcohol to deal with the pain.

With background information, the numerous references to death are understandable. Poe didn't lead a happy life, and he likely was tormented.
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