Okay, folks, I’ve finally finished reading The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe for the August 2009 HTU reading challenge! Go here to sign up; It’s not too late. Here’s my review and poet bio that the challenge required.
For those of us who like to read things that make your spine tingle and your flesh creep, you’ll like these poems. Those of us who like to read something that plunges deep into the human condition, you’ll like these poems. And those of us who just plain like good poetry, these poems fall into that category!
The Raven and Other Poems is a collection of favorite poems by the 19th-century writer Edgar Allan Poe. From the bloody glory of the Conqueror Worm to mournful memories of the late Annabel Lee, all of his works carry a common theme: Dark thoughts, deep unrest, and strange sensations. Love and death combined make for very compelling poems that are best read quietly aloud to yourself in a secluded space.
My personal favorites out of the collection were Sonnet–To Science, which is about cruel reality (Why preyest thou thus on the poet’s heart, /Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?) The Raven, a longer poem about the eternal raven (Quoth the Raven “Nevermore”.), and Annabel Lee, memories of a lost loved one (That the wind came out of the cloud by night / Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.) .
Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts.When Poe was three years old, both of his parents died and he was adopted by a wealthy Virginia couple. An intelligent child, Poe went to the University of Virginia in 1826.
After he had completed his education, Poe was forced to join the army to make a living, despite his dream to become a writer. After leaving the army, he established himself as a renowned literary critic. In 1845, Poe published The Raven and became famous.
Poe died in 1849. He will always be remembered as one of the world’s greatest literary geniuses.