Quotations From EDGAR ALLAN POE


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  • Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
    In a strange city lying alone
    Far down within the dim West,
    Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
    Have gone to their eternal rest.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The City in the Sea (l. 1-5). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.

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  • Resignedly beneath the sky
    The melancholy waters lie.
    So blend the turrets and shadows there
    That all seem pendulous in air,
    While from a proud tower in the town
    Death looks gigantically down.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The City in the Sea (l. 24-29). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.

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  • In the greenest of our valleys
    By good angels tenanted,
    Once a fair and stately palace—
    Radiant palace—reared its head.
    In the monarch Thought's dominion,
    It stood there!
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
  • But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
    Assailed the monarch's high estate;
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.

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  • like a ghastly rapid river,
    Through the pale door
    A hideous throng rush out forever,
    And laugh—but smile no more.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.

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  • Semi-Saracenic architecture, sustaining itself as if by miracle in mid air; glittering in the red sunlight with a hundred oriels, minarets, and pinnacles; and seeming the phantom handiwork, conjointly, of the Sylphs,... the Fairies,... the Genii, and ... the Gnomes.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "The Domain of Arnheim," Columbian Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine (1847). The epogee of beauty in the dreamscape of the arabesque.

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  • Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
    On its roof did float and flow
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.

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  • "Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"
    Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. first published in New York Evening Mirror (Jan. 29, 1845). The Raven, st. 17 (1845).

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  • Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. first published in New York Evening Mirror (Jan. 29, 1845). The Raven, st. 1, The Raven and Other Poems (1845).
  • While the angels, all pallid and wan,
    Uprising, unveiling, affirm
    That the play is the tragedy "Man",
    And its hero the Conqueror Worm.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. Ligeia (l. 38-40). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.

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