“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe is a unique and prolific writer. He delves into his writings in a way that it reflects his emotion and understanding of life. We all know he lived a very sorrowful life from start to end and by choosing a genre such a mystery and sorrow as his recurring motives he has defined and made it one of the best works since Shakespeare. I praise and admire his poetry and his stories which tell the readers that life isn’t all pretty. And I’d like to think that Poe was the father of the detective stories. (Many would not know that the character of Sherlock Homes which is synonymous of anything detective has been inspired by Poe’s character Dupin on which three stories are based.)
His work speaks to the deep recesses of the psyche and resonates the macabre portions of the soul.
“Please pardon us for tell-tale heartlessness if we say it seems fitting that a writer who gave us some of our most mysterious and terrifying tales died in a mysterious and terrifying way, having lived a dark, twisting and often horrendous life.” This is what is said about the famous author Edgar Allan Poe.
My top 10 favorite Poe works are:
1. “The Cask of Amontillado”
2. “The Fall of the House of Usher”
3. “Annabel Lee”
5. “The Raven”
6. “The Tell-Tale Heart”
7. “The Philosophy of Composition”
8. “A Dream Within a Dream”
10. “The Purloined Letter”
Besides there is an app available for Complete Works of Poe, which has about 150 of his works. This app goes by the name of “The Complete Edgar Allan Poe”
So if you haven’t read any of these, or have been meaning to, check out this great website: Knowing Poe. See if you know what I mean by the dark Romanticism with beautiful women and death allusions. Let me know what you think!
I thank Sukrit for giving me the idea of reading short stories along with a main book, which gave me the chance to try to finish the works of Poe which I had not read yet.
This is post number 100 for our blog, and I am really happy it is about a really great person.