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@Read Pdf Ø The Complete Stories and Poems ⚤ This single volume brings together all of Poe s stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history Tis some visitor, I muttered, tapping at my chamber door only this, and nothing312 days later and I have completed this mammoth collection of Poe tales and poems Considered to be the master of tales filled with mystery and or the macabre, Poe delivers a range of short stories and poetry that are all contained within this collection.My rating for this collection may seem harsh, but let me explain When Poe is good, he is GREAT But when he is not it is torture and absolutely unb Tis some visitor, I muttered, tapping at my chamber door only this, and nothing312 days later and I have completed this mammoth collection of Poe tales and poems Considered to be the master of tales filled with mystery and or the macabre, Poe delivers a range of short stories and poetry that are all contained within this collection.My rating for this collection may seem harsh, but let me explain When Poe is good, he is GREAT But when he is not it is torture and absolutely unbearable at times I have zero intention of revisiting about 75% of this collection In comparison, I m pretty sure I would be happy to revisit the majority of Lovecraft tales at some point in the future A lot of readers will compare the two, but for me, when comparing their complete bodies of work, there is no competition.I was actually surprised by the number of non horror stories I found I had assumed Poe primarily wrote these chilling stories filled with dark nights and graveyards, and haunting residences What I actually found was a great number of mystery and crime stories, which I did not care for At the beginning of the collection there are also a few stories that focus on hot air balloons Yep You heard me right Safe to say you can avoid these like the plague So many of the stories were meandering and pointless, it s really quite shocking to me the range in quality across Poe s work But enough negativity the highlight for me, if I had to choose just one, would be The Raven It is hard for me to even think of this poem without simultaneously considering the corresponding Treehouse of Horror episode in The Simpsons But thankfully I got past this by listening to the Christopher Lee narration whilst reading along I would highly recommend doing the same as the narration is so haunting and chilling with accompanying sounds of falling rain and church bells tolling The grief and sorrow for his lost love Lenore is so heavy in this one, as the raven acts as the embodiment of rationality reinforcing the fact that Lenore is not coming back through that chamber door The melancholy tone really sticks with you once again demonstrating my love for any writing related to grief and loss.I also loved the poem Annabel Lee It s a really gorgeous poem that was a joy to read and by gorgeous I mean quite melancholic and depressing at times hey, it s Poe I m not really a big fan of poetry, but I appreciated the simplicity and beauty of this one.In terms of the stories, the following stood out for me The Fall of the House of Usher a perfect gothic tale with its quintessential features, such as a haunted house, a dreary landscape and a mysterious sickness The Masque of the Red Death a wonderfully written allegory about life and death, and no matter how rich you may be or what you have in the world, you can t avoid deathThe Tell Tale Heart quite a disturbing story focusing on paranoia and mental deteriorationThe Black Cat this was horrifying and disturbing and I would highly recommend readingAs you can see, my highlights from the collection are the well known ones So if you re interested in checking out Poe, I would strongly recommend sticking to a Best of collection You ll get all the good stuff without the dead weight It was a long and trying experience reading everything Poe has ever written, but I m glad I did it Even through the incredibly boring stories, it was still nice to immerse myself in the works of Poe I ll just stick to my smaller collections when I revisit in the future.3 stars I ve been reading this book for almost three years and it feels so good to finally have finished it I was surprised by what I found in here Poe was slightly different to what I thought He is very much shrouded in shadow and the macabre, at least, hissuccessful stories and poems were But there were also some very basic stories in here, some that felt like they weren t even written by the same person For every great piece of literature, there were two mediocre ones I disliked the crime I ve been reading this book for almost three years and it feels so good to finally have finished it I was surprised by what I found in here Poe was slightly different to what I thought He is very much shrouded in shadow and the macabre, at least, hissuccessful stories and poems were But there were also some very basic stories in here, some that felt like they weren t even written by the same person For every great piece of literature, there were two mediocre ones I disliked the crime stories in particular The best ones, for me, were the ones where the narrator laments a lost love on the cusp of insanity these stories were simply beautiful Here s my top two, the only two I consider to be literary perfection The Raven Shall we descend into madness Shall we be haunted by our own desires Shall we be consumed by that terrible facet of life known only as death Shall we cling to what cannot be reanimated Shall we wish for a return of something that has long been in darkness Shall we become obliterated by the brutal finality of such a statement as never Lenore has gone She has departed from this life, and is permanently out of the reach of the man The raven represents the solidarity of this Despite how much he longs for the impossible, despite how much he hopes for something that could never occur, he still has that inclination that the fantastical could happen he has to believe that she could come back And the raven represents the voice of reason, the voice of actuality And it kills him It is pain, despair, melancholy and a spiritual death all rolled into one haunting feathery package He rebels against this voice of rationality He knows the voice speaks the truth, but he cannot simply accept it He has lost something vital he has lost part of himself that will never grace his presence again And he clings to hope, a false hope such as it is The raven smashes this to oblivion it destroys any last semblance of the miraculous occurring It makes the man realise that this is life, not some whimsical world where nothing bad ever happens People die People we love die Nothing can change that Lenore will never walk through his chamber door again, and the reality drives him into madness It shatters his lifeAnd the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon s that is dreaming, And the lamp light o er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted neverHis soul will never lift any hope shall never be lifted any By the end of the poem he has full realised the reality of the situation The raven, the dark bird of harsh truth, the harbinger of the words he simply doesn t want to hear, has become demonised It has become the very object he did not want to face he created a sense of longing to protect himself from the emotional loss of Lenore, and this bubble of falsehood has been burst Reality sets in, and it is a fate worse than death It is one of persecution and mental chaos as the bird is simply unable to supply the man with all his answers He is driven mad by the unknown The man in the poem has lost Lenore But, what is this Lenore Is she a woman Is she this man s lost love Or is she something much, much,I think on the surface level of the poem she is his dead wife But the archaic references speak of something else Lenore could perhaps be a universal suggestion of a lost sense of self or even humanity We are no longer what we once were It is also rather significant that the man is persecuted only by the natural world Very much in the Romanticism vein, man stands aside from nature He has become something different with his modernisation and industrialisation He walks outside his nature And Poe, being an anti transcendentalism thinker a dark romantic , demonstrates that life isn t all sunshine and roses, and nor could it ever be It is pessimism in full force, and although I strongly disagree with the outlook on life, and appreciate the idealistic utopia offered in the poetry of Percy Shelley and other Romantics much , I do love the dark beauty of this poem The finality of the phrase never is nothing short of maddening reality for our lost man It is the end of hope Ligeia If a mind has found the most true and profound bliss what happens when it s taken away Well, the simple answer is it doesn t work any, at least not very well The narrator of this marvellous short story experiences a whole host of emotions and mental states after his loss Firstly, he is hit with the expected wave of melancholy fuelled by his understandable grief secondly, he feels the slow calm breeze of acceptance thirdly, and finaly, he is savaged by an unrealised state of delusion and fantasy In this, Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates his true mastery of writing a character in different states of mental stability Needless to say, he s a remarkable writer In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her It was the radiance of an opium dream and airy and spirit lifting visionwildly divine than the phantasies which hovered about the slumbering souls of the daughters of Delos Yet her features were not of that regular mould which we have been falsely taught to worship in the classical labors of the heathen The narrator cannot be blamed for his fragility He has lost his world he has lost his beloved Ligeia She was everything to him, and they both knew it Nothing could lessen the blow of her death nothing could take the pain away of her upcoming demise nothing could save his mind in a world without her They were living in harmony their souls had achieved happiness and love they were two lesser beings of one greater soul they were at peace in their own transcendental plane, until she died So, the narrator s sense of self awareness and actuality has been destroyed He is left with the tatters of a wonderful experience, and his own delusion I recommend looking at the following quote and considering exactly who is speaking, and why he would conjure up such an image Perhaps, he didn t fantasise this Maybe this is paranormal I do love the multiplicity of its interpretation This short story is a marvel It appears confusing and contradictory, but if you stop and consider who is actually speaking then its true nature is revealed Admittedly, on my first read I was a little lost, though after a second read I began to see it for what it was This is not as approachable as some of Poe s other works, and it really isn t an advisable starting point for the author But, the short story is wonderful, truly wonderful It highlights the working of the mind in a state of sheer depravity it is disturbing and brilliant PostscriptIt seems to me that thepopular stories were theeffective ones The only one with little renown that was brilliant was Ligeia I m glad I read the entire thing, but some of the works were entirely forgettable There two, though, will be works I certainly will be reading again in the future How could I not love this book Shortly after reading Poe s complete works as a teenager, my family was transferred to Fort Monroe in southern Virginia While waiting for permanent housing, I ended up staying in the house and the very bedroom that Poe had been in while he served on the base Pulling out this book and reading it in the very space where Poe had suffered through depression and anxiety was exhilarating While I realized the morbid nature of my glee, it somehow seemed appropriate a How could I not love this book Shortly after reading Poe s complete works as a teenager, my family was transferred to Fort Monroe in southern Virginia While waiting for permanent housing, I ended up staying in the house and the very bedroom that Poe had been in while he served on the base Pulling out this book and reading it in the very space where Poe had suffered through depression and anxiety was exhilarating While I realized the morbid nature of my glee, it somehow seemed appropriate as I lay awake at nights praying to hear that telltale ticking.As an adult, I have come to realize that my love of Poe s horror comes from the fact that he focuses not on the gore on modern horror, but rather on the shocking indelicacy of human potential I sometimes think of him as the Gothic forefather of Anthony Robbins I m going for a 3.5 stars I must be the only person in the known world that hasn t 5 starred Poe I figured I would be a 5 star Either way, I m just going to list the stories and poems I did enjoy Although, I can t read my handwriting so now I have to go through the book Well, I guess I could just look at the Contents at the front Duh, if I can still read my handwriting I don t know why I wrote it on freaking post its Stories1 The Murders In The Rue Morgue2 The Mystery of Marie Roget3 I m going for a 3.5 stars I must be the only person in the known world that hasn t 5 starred Poe I figured I would be a 5 star Either way, I m just going to list the stories and poems I did enjoy Although, I can t read my handwriting so now I have to go through the book Well, I guess I could just look at the Contents at the front Duh, if I can still read my handwriting I don t know why I wrote it on freaking post its Stories1 The Murders In The Rue Morgue2 The Mystery of Marie Roget3 Ligeia4 The Tell Tale Heart5 MS Found in a Bottle6 Berenice7 The Fall of the House of Usher8 The Pit and the Pendulum 9 Morella10 The Oblong Box11 The Premature Burial12 The Imp of the Perverse 13 The Facts of the Case of M Valdemar14 Hop FrogI basically liked all of the Tales of Mystery and Horror as you can see Not all of them though I didn t really like much else but some Poems The Poems1 Annabel Lee2 The City in the Sea 3 The Sleeper 4 Lenore5 The Raven 6 Ulalume7 To Helen8 For Annie9 The Bells 10 The Valley of Unrest 11 Bridal Ballad to12 Evening Star13 The Haunted PalaceUggg, those are not in order I had a hard time reading my writing and finding them on the contents pages Who cares if they are in order, it s my OCD I m glad to all of those that love all of his stuff