Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most popular horror and mystery writers of all time. His work during the 19th century defined the genres and is still read by readers young and old to this day. His life was filled with tragedy, much of which inspired his dark stories of loss, madness, illness, and death. Read more about Edgar Allan Poe.

Some of Poe’s most famous poems include The Raven, Annabel Lee, A Dream within a Dreamand Lenore.

A Dream

‘A Dream’ by Edgar Allan Poe describes a speaker’s waking and dreaming state and the brief moments of light and hope he experiences. 

A Dream within a Dream

Published in 1849, ‘A Dream Within a Dream’ by Edgar Allan Poe examines the subtleties of time. His speaker delves into our perception of it and its effects.

A Pæan

‘A Pæan’ describes the feelings experienced by a husband as he views his dead wife and his desire to sing a “pæan” rather than a “requiem.”

A Valentine

‘A Valentine’ throws a challenge to the readers in the guise of a meticulously formed poem. This poem hints at the name of Edgar Allan Poe’s platonic lover.


‘Alone’ by Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates the poet’s best verse. Here, the tormented mind of the literary genius is unveiled and readers get a glimpse into his abrupt and troubled life.

For Annie

Edgar Allan Poe dedicated this poem, ‘For Annie’, to his Platonic friend Nancy Locke Heywood with whom he had a strong but complicated relationship. Through this poem, Poe expresses his gratitude for the lady.


‘Lenore’ is a haunting poem in which Edgar Allan Poe speaks on themes of mourning and loss. He explores true sorrow and what it looks like.

Sonnet—To Science

‘Sonnet—To Science’ by Edgar Allan Poe contains a speaker’s view on the damage science has done to the arts, particularly the art of poetry. 

Spirits of the Dead

‘Spirits of the Dead’ by Edgar Allan Poe is a beautiful poem that describes life and death. Specifically, the poet dwells on what it means to move from one world to the next. 

The Bells

‘The Bells’ by Edgar Allan Poe is a musical poem. In it, the poet depicts the various sounds bells make and the events they symbolize.

The Haunted Palace

‘The Haunted Palace’ by Edgar Allan Poe describes, through the metaphor of a palace, the physical affects of depression on the human mind. 

The Raven

‘The Raven’ is commonly considered to be Edgar Allan Poe’s poetic masterpiece. It details a harrowing night in the speaker’s life that includes incessant knocking and a talking raven that only says one word–“Nevermore.”

To My Mother

‘To My Mother’ by Edgar Allan Poe is a thoughtful poem that addresses the poet’s personal losses, such as the death of his biological mother, and what high esteem he now holds mothers in.

To One in Paradise

‘To One in Paradise’ describes one speaker’s deep depression, and now dull prospects, over the loss of his dearest friend and lover. 

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