Quotations From EDGAR ALLAN POE
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Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. repr. In The Centenary Poe, ed. Montagu Slater (1949). "Re-Living the Old Life," Marginalia (1844-1849).
As a viewed myself in a fragment of looking-glass..., I was so impressed with a sense of vague awe at my appearance ... that I was seized with a violent tremour.Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. Pym, the narrator, in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, ch. 8, Harper and Brothers (1838). Unnerving encounters with an alienating self.
He made no resistance whatever, and was stabbed in the back.... I must not dwell upon the fearful repast.... Words have no power to impress the mind with the exquisite horror of their reality.Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. Pym, the narrator, in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, ch. 8, Harper and Brothers (1838). The aesthetic of horror.
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If in many of my productions terror has been the thesis, I maintain that terror is not of Germany, but of the soul.Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. Preface to the Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840). Poe's most passionate and credible defense of his short stories' authenticity and originality.
What I here propound is true: ... if by any means it be now trodden down so that it die, it will "rise again to ... Life Everlasting."Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. Preface, Eureka, George P. Putnam (1848). Poet as martyred prophet.
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TRUE!nervousvery, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "The Tell-Tale Heart," The Pioneer (1843). Conflicted by occulted guilt, defensiveness and pride.
Their hotels are bad. Their pumpkin pies are delicious. Their poetry is not so good.Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. quoted in Julian Symons, The Tell-Tale Heart: The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe, pt. 1, ch. 12 (1978). Broadway Journal (1845).
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The death ... of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "The Philosophy of Composition," Graham's Magazine (1846). Reflecting on memories of his dying mother.
The rudiment of verse may, possibly, be found in the spondee.Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "The Rationale of Verse," American Review (1846). Searching for basic elements.
In the Original Unity of the First Thing lies the Secondary Cause of All Things, with the Germ of their Inevitable Annihilation.Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. Eureka, George P. Putnam (1848). The thesis of the creation and the destruction of the universe.
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