In ‘The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether’, ‘A Predicament’, ‘The Angel of the Odd’ and other stories, characters are caught up in macabre situations, often with horrifying results. The poems are full of melancholic beauty whether in the disturbing images of death and ev
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It seems strange to me that despite being famous for his short stories and detective fiction, that Poe always considered himself a poet. Spirits of the Dead is a collection of such poetry, along with some of Poe’s lesser known short stories. Poe’s deservedly famous The Raven, The Conqueror Worm and several renderings of Lenore are present, but the rest of the works seem to be characterised by a tedious profusion of obscure references and a deliberatly over bizarre and alienating manner. An odd,
Like most, I only knew Poe for his poems and creepy short stories. I had never seen his ironic, satirical side. I read this book to get into the creepy spirit of Halloween. There weren’t many creepy tales in it, but it was interesting.
I’ve read very little of Edgar Allan Poe so far, but I’ve read the poem “The Valley of Unrest” and how he links death with the life surrounding the grave, is beautiful. Once again, I can’t explain clearly what fascinates me, but like Wilde once said: “Art is not morbid. Art can express everything” – Literature, a form of art, in which death can be expressed, and Poe does it brilliantly.