“To One in Paradise” – A poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Context: The poem "To One in Paradise" (1833) is among Poe's most well-known lines of lyric! It was first published without a title as part of the short story "The Visionary" (later renamed "The Assignation"). It evolved into "To Ianthe in Heaven" and then into "To One Beloved" before being named "To One in Paradise" …

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“The Haunted Palace” – A poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Context: This poem by  Edgar A. Poe (1809-1849) was incorporated in the story  "The Fall of the House of Usher", published in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine (Sept. 1839). It's presented as a song written by the main protagonist Roderick Usher. The poem is an Allegory about a king, his palace and the kingdom. The palace is …

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Poe’s Literary Sources of Inspiration in “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”

In this post I search for literary parallels (not to be confused with parallelism) in two short stories The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart; by Edgar Allan Poe. Simply, I look for other sources or texts which may have inspired Poe to write these stories. "The Black Cat"story was published in August 1843 and …

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‘Ulalume’ – A Gothic Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Context: "Ulalume" is perhaps one of Poe's most well-known poems after "The Raven".1 It was written in the style of elocution which pays attention to sound and pronunciation. Sometimes it's presented as a ballad. Poe wrote this the same year as his wife Virginia Poe died of TB. This might explain his somber mood, but …

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‘The City in the Sea’ – A poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Context: The poem appeared in the Southern Literary Messenger, The American Review, the Broadway Journal, as well as in the 1850 collection The Poets and Poetry of America. Poe drew his inspiration from several works, including Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The final version of text appeared in 1845 and contains many subjects associated with …

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Ancient Mythology in Poe’s novel ‘Ligeia’ (1838)

Context and themes Edgar A. Poe's short novel Ligeia was first published in September 1838 by The American Museum in Baltimore.1 Poe, who was always short of money, was given 10 dollars for the story. It's a mix of Gothic fiction and several other themes which are typical for the Romanticism. The major themes in …

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“Annabel Lee” : A poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Context. THIS is the final poem known to have been written by Poe (1841-1849) and published posthumously first time October, 1849. The publishers were Sartain's Union Magazine, John Sartain. We can only speculate who the woman is in this poem, but it's possible Annabel Lee may be Poe's own wife who died 2 years before Poe …

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