Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Al Aaraaf


O! nothing earthly save the ray
(Thrown back from flowers) of Beauty's eye,
As in those gardens where the day
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  • Bronze Star - 6,142 Points Frank Avon (9/1/2014 4:04:00 AM)

    A good example of rhyme overdone. As glowing as the thought and themes embodied in this work, the rhymes punch one in the belly and distract one from the emerging vision.

    Methought, my sweet one, then I ceased to soar
    And fell- not swiftly as I rose before,
    But with a downward, tremulous motion thro'
    Light, brazen rays, this golden star unto!

    These lines illustrate all too well how language is wrested from its natural beauty by the rigid demands of meter and rhymes. Listen to this sentence: I fell... this golden star unto!

    Handled subtly and sensitively, as Poe does in his best work, and as poets like Robert Frost do consistently, rhyme can have a heightening effect. But the lines of well-phrased free verse be just as uplifting, more so than in lines like too many in this poem. Poe, indeed, invented American verse, and the French love him still, but Whitman wrote our poetic declaration of independence, and Emily Dickinson outdid them both with her half rhymes, slant rhymes, eye rhymes, and subtle rhymes and rhythms - always the ballad/hymn stanza, but always fresh, the language authentic, not forced. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Timothy Fradenburgh (11/16/2013 10:05:00 PM)

    If you don't understand that you've traded any chance of living for your 'craft', then shut the fuck up you don't get dieing for life. Giving everything because you don't have a choice. Your DNA makes you write. Makes you die. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rachel Pate (2/12/2013 1:35:00 PM)

    Hey Celine if you cant say anything positive about E.A.P. then please dont say anything, He is amazing he writes with such Imagery and the darkness in his heart became the pure gothic writing, American Literature. So if you don't like him why are you here reading his work (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rach Lynn (1/30/2012 5:51:00 PM)

    Celine, you are ridiculous! I LOVE E.A.P and I have since elementary school. Even now I am currently using his poems for my high school forensics. Don't be jealous of his writing. Whta poet would you suggest? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Angela Jones (1/18/2012 11:01:00 PM)

    I gotta hand it to Edgar Allen Poe for this poem, I absolutely loved it with all the scriptural truths in it and how I could tell about what he was saying especially when he mentioned Angelo, I mean just think about it.... A man of God adoring his God's temple and hearing how he talked about God's Temple with a shepards heart was mind boggeling! ! ! ! Loved it! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kat Kat (11/20/2008 5:52:00 PM)

    The word Al-Araaf is an arabic word refering to a place that people will be placed(neither heaven nor hell but in the middle) when there good and bad deeds are equal. This is mentioned in the Qura'an which is the muslim holy book. In arabic it is actually written as ا ل أ ع ر ا ف . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bob Bob (10/12/2006 2:51:00 PM)

    ok children, your assignment for today is to memorize Al aaraaf in one hour. start... now! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie celine charcoal (11/24/2004 7:38:00 PM)

    there is nothing more irritating than an annoying ugly man writing long poems and getting famous for that (Report) Reply

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