Saturday, January 12, 2013

Journey #56 - Edgar Allan Poe-etry: Annabel Lee, The City in the Sea, and The Bells

Here are some poems of wonder and woe, written by a man named Edgar Allan Poe.

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Special thanks to B.J. Harrison of the Classic Tales Podcast, and John Robinson of for allowing me to use their narations.

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 and became an American author, poet, editor and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre, as well as the genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Poe died in 1849, in Baltimore, under mysterious circumstances, but he left us with a legacy of tales of wonder and woe, the marvelous and the macabre.
In the preface to The Raven and Other Poems , Poe commented, “Events not to be controlled have prevented me from making, at any time, any serious effort in what, under happier circumstances, would have been the field of my choice. With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion; and the passions should be held in reverence; they must not — they cannot at will be excited with an eye to the paltry compensations, or the more paltry commendations, of mankind.”

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Theme music by Man In Space

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