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Critical Insights: The Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

A great starting point for students or casual readers looking for a introduction to the themes and discussions on the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe's poetry has long been shrouded in an aura of mystery, sublimity, and horror. Wildly imaginative and disquietingly mournful, his most famous poems-"Annabel Lee," "The Raven," and "Ulalume"-are some of American literature's most haunting laments for lost loves, and more than a century and a half after they thrilled America, Britain, and Europe, their insistent rhymes and rhythms are still ingrained in the minds of readers around the world. Edited and with an introduction by Steven Frye, Professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield, this volume in the Critical Insights series brings together a variety of perspectives on Poe's poetry and poetics. Frye opens the volume with a reflection on Poe's aesthetics, and Juliet Lapidos, writing for The Paris Review, offers a consideration of Poe's distinctive contribution to American poetry.

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