An Ode to Edgar

So this post will serve as a brief glimpse of what is to come. Ssshhh you! I can see you groaning in the back row!
So for Christmas I received this marvellous book from my amazing wife. Being familiar with a few of Poes poems and even fewer short stories, I couldn’t wait to delve deeper into his wonderful use of the written word. I can assure you, I was not at all disappointed.
Firstly the amazing leather bound cover is rather striking and looks amazing on ones book shelf, then upon opening the book you are immediately drawn in to Poes world. His poems fill the first part of this collection, with the amazing “Tamerlane” a poem that calls to be re-read many times “I reach’d my home – my home no more – For all had flown who made it so.” Such lament can be felt throughout a lot of Poes works but the melancholic aspects of his poetry (and short stories) will strike such a chord within ones soul.
Of all his poetry It would be unfair to choose a favourite as they are all magnificent in their own way. Before reading this collection my favourite Poe poem was “The Raven” but that has since changed, although it will always have a special place in my heart. The second and third half of this wonderful book has all of his short stories plus his only novel “The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket” (which I may add, I have not yet read; yet.) His short stories are so compelling to read, just last night I finished “The Gold Bug” a marvellous tale of buried treasure and just had to read “The Black Cat” next even though I was planning to get some sleep (which is rare).
Although “The Black Cat” deals with some rather unpleasant animal cruelty, the ending is rather rewarding. I have to mention the character of C. Auguste Dupin the character seen in a few of Poes short stories “Murders In The Rue Morgue”, “The Purloined Letter” among others.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stradovarius playing sleuth ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is a slightly diluted version of Dupin (plus a scientist iam told).
Poe was/is seen as one of the masters of mystery genre with this statement I highly agree, also he is noted for writing (possibly) the first science fiction story “The Unparalleled Adventure Of One Hans Pfaall” which just makes Poe an even cooler writer, in my opinion. Edgar Allan Poe a true rockstar of American Literature died in 1849 of mysterious circumstances I believe but his wonderful works will forever live on. I advise anyone who has the slightest interest in reading to pick up this collection, or any collection of The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. You will not regret it I assure you.


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