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  1. says:

    I’ve been reading this book for almost three years and it feels so good to finally have finished it I was surprised by what I found in here Poe was slightly different to what I thought He is very much shrouded in shadow and the macabre at least his successful stories and poems were But there were also some very basic stories in here some that felt like they weren’t even written by the same person For every great piece of literature there were two mediocre ones I disliked the crime stories in particular The best ones for me were the ones where the narrator laments a lost love on the cusp of insanity these stories were simply beautiful Here’s my top two the only two I consider to be literary perfection The Raven Shall we descend into madness? Shall we be haunted by our own desires? Shall we be consumed by that terrible facet of life known only as death? Shall we cling to what cannot be reanimated? Shall we wish for a return of something that has long been in darkness? Shall we become obliterated by the brutal finality of such a statement as “never?” Lenore has gone She has departed from this life and is permanently out of the reach of the man The raven represents the solidarity of this Despite how much he longs for the impossible despite how much he hopes for something that could never occur he still has that inclination that the fantastical could happen he has to believe that she could come back And the raven represents the voice of reason the voice of actuality And it kills him It is pain despair melancholy and a spiritual death all rolled into one haunting feathery package He rebels against this voice of rationality He knows the voice speaks the truth but he cannot simply accept it He has lost something vital; he has lost part of himself that will never grace his presence again And he clings to hope a false hope such as it is The raven smashes this to oblivion; it destroys any last semblance of the miraculous occurring It makes the man realise that this is life not some whimsical world where nothing bad ever happens People die People we love die Nothing can change that Lenore will never walk through his chamber door again and the reality drives him into madness It shatters his life ”And the Raven never flitting still is sitting still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming And the lamp light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted never” His soul will never lift any; hope shall never be lifted any By the end of the poem he has full realised the reality of the situation The raven the dark bird of harsh truth the harbinger of the words he simply doesn’t want to hear has become demonised It has become the very object he did not want to face; he created a sense of longing to protect himself from the emotional loss of Lenore and this bubble of falsehood has been burst Reality sets in and it is a fate worse than death It is one of persecution and mental chaos as the bird is simply unable to supply the man with all his answers He is driven mad by the unknown The man in the poem has lost “Lenore” But what is this Lenore? Is she a woman? Is she this man’s lost love? Or is she something much much ? I think on the surface level of the poem she is his dead wife But the archaic references speak of something else Lenore could perhaps be a universal suggestion of a lost sense of self or even humanity We are no longer what we once were It is also rather significant that the man is persecuted only by the natural world Very much in the Romanticism vein man stands aside from nature He has become something different with his modernisation and industrialisation He walks outside his nature And Poe being an anti transcendentalism thinker a dark romantic demonstrates that life isn’t all sunshine and roses and nor could it ever be It is pessimism in full force and although I strongly disagree with the outlook on life and appreciate the idealistic utopia offered in the poetry of Percy Shelley and other Romantics much I do love the dark beauty of this poem The finality of the phrase “never” is nothing short of maddening reality for our lost man It is the end of hope Ligeia If a mind has found the most true and profound bliss what happens when it’s taken away? Well the simple answer is it doesn’t work any at least not very well The narrator of this marvellous short story experiences a whole host of emotions and mental states after his loss Firstly he is hit with the expected wave of melancholy fuelled by his understandable grief; secondly he feels the slow calm breeze of acceptance; thirdly and finaly he is savaged by an unrealised state of delusion and fantasy In this Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates his true mastery of writing a character in different states of mental stability Needless to say he’s a remarkable writer In beauty of face no maiden ever eualed her It was the radiance of an opium dream and airy and spirit lifting vision wildly divine than the phantasies which hovered about the slumbering souls of the daughters of Delos Yet her features were not of that regular mould which we have been falsely taught to worship in the classical labors of the heathen”The narrator cannot be blamed for his fragility He has lost his world he has lost his beloved Ligeia She was everything to him and they both knew it Nothing could lessen the blow of her death; nothing could take the pain away of her upcoming demise nothing could save his mind in a world without her They were living in harmony; their souls had achieved happiness and love; they were two lesser beings of one greater soul they were at peace in their own transcendental plane until she died So the narrator’s sense of self awareness and actuality has been destroyed He is left with the tatters of a wonderful experience and his own delusion I recommend looking at the following uote and considering exactly who is speaking and why he would conjure up such an image Perhaps he didn’t fantasise this Maybe this is paranormal I do love the multiplicity of its interpretation This short story is a marvel It appears confusing and contradictory but if you stop and consider who is actually speaking then its true nature is revealed Admittedly on my first read I was a little lost though after a second read I began to see it for what it was This is not as approachable as some of Poe’s other works and it really isn’t an advisable starting point for the author But the short story is wonderful truly wonderful It highlights the working of the mind in a state of sheer depravity; it is disturbing and brilliant PostscriptIt seems to me that the popular stories were the effective ones The only one with little renown that was brilliant was Ligeia I’m glad I read the entire thing but some of the works were entirely forgettable There two though will be works I certainly will be reading again in the future


  2. says:

    How could I not love this book? Shortly after reading Poe's complete works as a teenager my family was transferred to Fort Monroe in southern Virginia While waiting for permanent housing I ended up staying in the house and the very bedroom that Poe had been in while he served on the base Pulling out this book and reading it in the very space where Poe had suffered through depression and anxiety was exhilarating While I realized the morbid nature of my glee it somehow seemed appropriate as I lay awake at nights praying to hear that telltale tickingAs an adult I have come to realize that my love of Poe's horror comes from the fact that he focuses not on the gore on modern horror but rather on the shocking indelicacy of human potential I sometimes think of him as the Gothic forefather of Anthony Robbins


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    TormentedThe macabre and gruesome gothic style of Edgar Allen Poe is timeless and the author holds his place as one of the greatest horror authors Ever There are various collections of Edgar Allen Poe available providing complete coverage of his short stories poems essays and his novel This latest collection The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe provides an introduction from Daniel Stashower who gives a very interesting overview of Poe’s life and his bizarre and unsettling death His death followed a strange set of events where he was found collapsed outside a tavern in Balti and then treated in the Washington College Hospital for drunkenness where he remained delirious and agitated suggesting something untoward happened him He passed away muttering the words “Lord help my poor soul”Poe’s fascination with dark sinister tales gives us classics such as The Pit and the Pendulum The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Tell Tale Heart and The Black Cat “Down—steadily down it crept I took a frenzied pleasure in contrasting its downward with its lateral velocity To the right—to the left—far and wide—with the shriek of a damned spirit to my heart with the stealthy pace of the tiger” The Pit and the Pendulum Along with the seventy three short stories essays and a novel he wrote forty nine poems which were often fuelled with his alcoholism and difficulty in finding a female partner His poem Annabel Lee may have been inspired by four different women he was with during that period His most famous poem is the brilliant Raven “And the Raven never flitting still is sitting still is sittingOn the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreamingAnd the lamp light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floorShall be lifted—never” The Raven As a collection this book is complete with his short stories and poems the introduction provides a fascinating insight into Poe and there is a useful timeline for his works My big criticism of this Advanced Reader Copy is that it is only available for the Adobe Digital Editions application or the new NetGalley app both of which are impossible to read 'PDF' files using a smartphone or tablet and are not available for the Kindle I already own a complete set of works of Edgar Allen Poe so for the stories I could switch to that version and use a computer to read the pdf file for the Introduction and other material specific to this publication Which somehow defeats the purposeThe rating is difficult because for the literary contribution of Edgar Allen Poe it would be 5 stars but for the practical use of the electronic book it would be 2 stars I can only imagine this collection is meant solely for hardcopy I would like to thank uarto Publishing Group – Rock Point and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in return for an honest review


  4. says:

    “Years of love have been forgot In the hatred of a minute” Brought to you by the master of all things macabre and ghostly Mr Edgar Allan Poe


  5. says:

    This is one of the only books I have left that belonged to my grandfather and it's one of the best It contains stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe Sections include Tales of Mystery and Horror Humor and Satire Flights and Fantasies The Narrative of A Gordon Pym of Nantucket and many poems including Annabel Lee Alone and my favorite A Dream Within a Dream 5


  6. says:

    I'm going for a 35 stars I must be the only person in the known world that hasn't 5 starred Poe I figured I would be a 5 star Either way I'm just going to list the stories and poems I did enjoy Although I can't read my handwriting so now I have to go through the book Well I guess I could just look at the Contents at the front Duh if I can still read my handwriting I don't know why I wrote it on freaking post its Stories1 The Murders In The Rue Morgue2 The Mystery of Marie Roget3 Ligeia4 The Tell Tale Heart5 MS Found in a Bottle6 Berenice7 The Fall of the House of Usher8 The Pit and the Pendulum 9 Morella10 The Oblong Box11 The Premature Burial12 The Imp of the Perverse 13 The Facts of the Case of M Valdemar14 Hop FrogI basically liked all of the Tales of Mystery and Horror as you can see Not all of them though I didn't really like much else but some Poems The Poems1 Annabel Lee2 The City in the Sea 3 The Sleeper 4 Lenore5 The Raven 6 Ulalume7 To Helen8 For Annie9 The Bells 10 The Valley of Unrest 11 Bridal Ballad to12 Evening Star13 The Haunted PalaceUggg those are not in order I had a hard time reading my writing and finding them on the contents pages Who cares if they are in order it's my OCD I'm glad to all of those that love all of his stuff


  7. says:

    I really enjoyed these creepy gothic and thrilling short stories Edgar Allan Poe really was original and ahead of his time in writing The storytelling and his ability to paint a picture with words is fantastic These stories are tales of tragedy woe despair and typically do not end well All the stories are creative and enjoyable Some that stood out to me were the'The Masue of the Red Death' were time and death are inevitable for allThe Gothic masterpiece of with a supernatural horror feel 'The Fall of the House of Usher'There are many other short stories including a treasure hunting story along costal South Carolina The Gold Bug detective stories The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Mystery of Marie Roget and a selection of poems including the supernatural classic 'The Raven'Overall I really almost all of these short stories and poems I would definitely recommend this or any other edition of 'The Complete Tales and Poems' Thanks


  8. says:

    I've reviewed the tales I read by their individual titles and I won't repeat my reviews here Let me just say that Poe is an under appreciated master Not just under appreciated by many readers today for whom he's synonymous with being a sort of proto schlock horror writer but under appreciated by readers and even famous writers of his day Henry James infamously said that an enthusiasm for Poe is the mark of a decidedly primitive stage of reflection Granted James was young at the time but still that's no excuse Even worse was Ralph Waldo Emerson's dismissal of Poe as the jingle man These writers whom I otherwise admire thought of Poe as immature but I think they make the classic mistake of confusing the writer with his subject Poe's characters are often high strung and immature in their way but Poe is never without an ironic distance from them Many of the narrators of his tales are classic unreliable narrators and Poe wants his readers to see them as such to see behind the masks they don and it's there that his tales gather most force


  9. says:

    Reading The Complete Stories and Poems will be a hell of a time consuming project but as I can feel honored to call Edgar Allan Poe one of my favorite authors the only option to give his writing abilities justice is to read his stories and poems in their entirety My intention is to update this review with my thoughts on all the stories and poems Poe has ever written constantly until I've completed my way through however I'll probably not always add it to my update feed in order to not spam other feeds but it will be sporadic and infreuent due to my unpredictable reading moods Tales listed in chronological orderMetzengerstein 45 starsBeing the first short story Poe has ever published Metzengerstein includes all the well known aspects of his writing style which he has become so popular for uite disturbing relying on speculative thoughts due to the narrative a thought provoking turning point and a deeper meaning which appears when thinking precisely about the story Poe has excellently explored the interesting concept of metempsychosis through this interesting short story which focuses on the feuds of two rivaling Hungarian families Please don't read the synopsis on the Goodreads book edition since it spoils the story and its apparent meaning in their entiretyThe Duc de L'Omelette 15 starsSomehow I find myself being glad that Edgar Allan Poe also came up with terribly written stories like this one so that I can still find reasons to criticize him The fact that this was written partly in English partly in French was not so irritating as was the lack of anything resembling a plotA Tale of Jerusalem 15 starsIt's interesting to see how pointless some of Poe's early stories were Trying to read them chronologically enables the reader to look behind Poe's writing process and it definitely accentuates how much he improved his writing skills in the course of timeMorella 45 starsMorella is one of Poe's most memorable stories so far A short tale of love studies death identity and dread Poe managed to integrate me into the story and fix my attention on his words only to leave me shattered and thunderstruck upon the final twistFour Beasts in One The Homo Cameleopard 15 starsI have no idea what to think of Four Beasts In One The Homo Cameleopard It was boring ridiculous and did not even include a message of its own A story which can definitely be skipped without regretting itLigeia 455 starsOne of my favorite Poe stories In Ligeia it appears as though Poe wants his reader to know that not only does he masterfully write chilling horror stories but also is he a romantic at heart Combining elements of romance and horror Poe wove a suspenseful story focusing on the mental health of a protagonist who has lost the love of his lifeThe Fall of the House of UsherThe Fall of the House of Usher is a story I don't remember a lot of so I'll definitely re read it soonA Descent into the Maelstrom 35 starsWith the creepy title and the horrifying premise the narrator talking about a fishing trip with his two brothers which ended in chaos and turmoil years ago I expected this story to be a little frightening and engaging than it ultimately ended up to be You will find Poe's classic style though nothing extraordinaryThe Oval Portrait 355 starsOne of the shortest stories of Poe's writing The Oval Portrait focuses on a protagonist who finds a certain painting of a beautiful woman in an abandoned castle and discovers the frightening as well as disturbing background of this painting Precise and meaningful Poe's prose masterfully explores the sacrifices of artThe Masue of the Red Death 45 starsThe Masue of the Red Death is no story about plot or characters It's a story about atmosphere about mood about the symbolisms of colorful descriptions That's what Poe was able to write perfectly and that's what I can recommend this story forThe Tell Tale Heart 55 starsThe Tell Tale Heart was the story through which I have had the pleasure to meet Edgar Allan Poe some years ago and it proved to become one of the best short stories I've ever read Basically it's a murderer's confession creating the impression of a mad narrator and raising the reader's interest in his arguments he builds up as part of his defense As the story continues Poe cleverly turns his reader from a witness of the events into a judge of guilt and innocence a narrative structure admired by meThe Black Cat 45 starsThe Black Cat represents an exceptionally well written shocking and frightening story dealing with madness and human abysses Being the most terrifying story I've read so far from Poe this one can be highly recommended to be readThe Sphinx 35 starsOne of his shortest works The Sphinx deals with the cholera epidemic and its influence Not too disturbing or compelling but definitely worth a glimpseThe Cask of Amontillado 355 starsThe Cask of Amontillado the first story I've read as part of my intention to read all of Poe's works deals with a man's creepy revenge upon an earlier friend who seemingly infuriated the narrator motivating him to perform his fatal scheme of revenge This one is not so much about the characters but about the atmosphere and the climax itself Poe focuses on what happens down there in the catacombs not establishing why it happens The message Do never never never be so naive to enter some dark creepy catacombs on another person's reuest without any witnesses It might not end too well for your health Poems listed in chronological orderThe Raven 55 stars “Once upon a midnight dreary while I pondered weak and wearyOver many a uaint and curious volume of forgotten loreWhile I nodded nearly napping suddenly there came a tappingAs of some one gently rapping rapping at my chamber doorTis some visitor I muttered tapping at my chamber door —Only this and nothing Do I need to add anything else to this uote?Annabel Lee 45 stars “It was many and many a year agoIn a kingdom by the seaThat a maiden there lived whom you may knowBy the name of ANNABEL LEE;And this maiden she lived with no other thoughtThan to love and be loved by meAs short as Poe's poems are he always succeeds with breathing life into his wordsUpdated 021916


  10. says:

    Exercises in Genre and StyleI was never exposed to Poe in my schooldays but I later became aware of his reputationI didn’t know anything about his writing except that I expected it to be a kind of guilty pleasureApparently I decided to address my ignorance in 1983 when I bought a second hand hardback copy of his complete tales for a bargain price of 1 Unfortunately I didn’t take the step of reading it until now when I chose it as one of three books that I planned to read on an overseas family holiday As it turned out I neither finished it nor started either of the other two books and I read the last remaining stories on our returnI was aware that Poe specialised in mystery stories and that he had or less invented the genre of detective fiction What I didn’t know was that he also wrote relatively self consciously in a metafictional sense Not only did he invent a manner of writing but he explained fairly insightfully what he was trying to accomplish so that others could follow in his footstepsPoe’s metafictional approach reminded me a lot of the early stories of BorgesVerisimilitude Veracity or Hoax?The first story in this collection is “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” which is like a piece of science fiction about a trip to the moonIt’s not uite clear to the characters whether the trip actually occurred Thus the purpose of the tale is to make us believe that it actually did Poe’s task is therefore to convince us of its veracity He does this stylistically by containing enough empirical and scientific evidence to persuade us that this level of detail could only be known if the narrator had actually experienced what he purported to have Poe achieves “plausibility by scientific detail” Ironically in an endnote Poe differentiates his tale from earlier hoaxes one of which adopts the tone of banter the other being downright earnest What differentiates his tale is that it is “an attempt at verisimilitude”While he doesn’t say as much it can be inferred that if you can convince a reader that something is the truth you are eually capable of perpetrating a hoax This reminded me of the later uotation often attributed to Oscar Wilde “The secret of success is sincerity Once you can fake that you’ve got it made”The Discovery of the Concealed “The Gold Bug” concerns the hunt for a buried treasure the secret location of which is revealed in a coded map What is concealed can be discovered if the code is deciphered and the enigma solved A logic is reuired to both encipher and decipher the message The narrator comments “All this is exceedingly clear and although ingenious still simple and explicit”The Minutest ParticularityIn “The Balloon Hoax” a hoax is achieved by describing a voyage in “the minutest particulars” Once again credibility and credulity are both achieved by particularity and detailIn contrast in “Von Kempelen and His Discovery” the narrator detects that a paragraph in a newspaper detailing an invention is “apocryphal principally upon its manner It does not look true” Ironically what allows the narrator to come to this conclusion is an excess of particularity which is not customaryStartling Facts and the Tendency towards Doubt and Disbelief “Mesmeric Revelation” commences “Whatever doubt may still envelop the rationale of mesmerism its startling facts are now almost universally admitted Of these latter those who doubt are your mere doubters by profession an unprofitable and disreputable tribe”Given the tendency to doubt the narrator calls into uestion the purpose of proof “There can be no absolute waste of time than the attempt to prove at the present day that man by mere exercise of will can so impress his fellow as to cast him into an abnormal condition of which the phenomena resemble very closely those of death”Similarly in “The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar” “a garbled and exaggerated account of a supposed crime made its way into society and became the source of many unpleasant misrepresentations; and very naturally of a great deal of disbelief”The narrator addresses the “unwarranted popular feeling of” disbelief by trying to relate the facts based on contemporaneous notes “either condensed or copied verbatim”Vicarious CredulityIn “The Thousand And Second Tale” Poe piggy backs the credibility of “ The Arabian Nights” to tell Scheherazade and doubt the king various tales like those in “Gulliver’s Travels” concerning the voyage of Sinbad around the globe on the back of a huge beast including that of a petrified forest and an underwater mountain “down whose sides there streamed torrents of melted metal” all of which incredible stories concern natural phenomena that contemporary readers will know to exist In less than 20 pages Poe better achieves what John Barth would a century later devote an entire novel toIn contrast in “A Descent into the Maelstrom” Poe describes the loss of a ship and most of its crew the narrator survives in the abyss created by “a great whirlpool of the Maelstrom” in words ostensibly borrowed from the Encyclopaedia Brittanica to which “my imagination most readily assented” “My hair which had been raven black the day before was as white as you see it nowI told them my story they did not believe it I now tell it to you and I can scarcely expect you to put faith in it than did the merry fishermen of Lofoden”Inordinate Analysis and Ratiocination “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” a detective story in which Poe introduces MAuguste Dupin focusses on the process of detection in particular the role of rational analysis “The mental features discoursed of as the analytical are in themselves but little susceptible of analysis We appreciate them only in their effects We know of them among other things that they are always to their possessor when inordinately possessed a source of the liveliest enjoyment As the strong man exults in his physical ability delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles He derives pleasure from even the most trivial occupations bringing his talent into play He is fond of enigmas of conundrums of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension preternatural His results brought about by the very soul and essence of method have in truth the whole air of intuition”Ostensible ProfundityThis is a good description of how Poe goes about writing his tales in particular “The Gold Bug” But it also helps to understand the Post Modernist preoccupation with maximalism with size or length or uantity over subject or merit or uality Poe himself adds “What is only complex is mistaken a not unusual error for what is profound”In other words bullshit and lots of it baffles brains These purportedly encyclopaedic fictions “may seduce into error or hurry into miscalculation”Simple IngenuityPoe asserts that “the analytical power should not be confounded with simple ingenuity; for while the analyst is necessarily ingenious the ingenious man is often remarkably incapable of analysisBetween ingenuity and the analytic ability there exists a difference far greater indeed than that between the fancy and the imagination but of a character very strictly analogous It will be found in fact that the ingenious are always fanciful and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic”On the other hand Poe adds that “by undue profundity we perplex and enfeeble thought; and it is possible to make even Venus herself vanish from the firmament by a scrutiny too sustained too concentrated or too direct”Suggestions and Sensations “The Mystery of Marie Roget” concerns another death about two years later than those in the previous story Despite the amount of factual evidence available to the press it concerns itself primarily with “suggestions” “We should bear in mind that in general it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation to make a point than to further the cause of truth”Dupin puts the newspapers to the test and concludes that their assertions “now appear a tissue of inconseuence and incoherence”Collateral IrrelevancyPoe also comments on judicial practice “It is the malpractice of the courts to confine evidence and discussion to the bounds of apparent relevancy Yet experience has shownthat a vast perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant It is through the spirit of this principle if not precisely through its letter that modern science has resolved to calculate upon the unforeseenThe history of human knowledge has so uninterruptibly shown that to collateral or incidental or accidental events we are indebted for the most numerous and most valuable discoveries that it has at length become necessary in any prospective view of improvement to make not only large but the largest allowances for inventions that shall arise by chance and uite out of the range of ordinary expectation It is no longer philosophical to base upon what has been a vision of what is to be Accident is admitted as a portion of the substructure”Thus Poe uestions the role of reason and logic not just in the process of detection but in the creation of literatureSelf Evident Non ConcealmentPoe pursues the counter intuitive in “The Purloined Letter” the facts of which Dupin describes as “simple and odd” as well as a mystery that is “a little too plain a little too self evident”The stolen letter has been concealed but all logicał attempts to locate it have failed Dupin comes to the conclusion that “to conceal the letter the Minister had resorted to the comprehensive and sagacious expedient of not attempting to conceal it at all”In other words the letter had been hidden in plain sightDeathly Swoons and Slumbers “The Black Cat” is a Gothic tale concerning an attempt to conceal a murder that comes undone ie another example of a failed concealmentThe concealment tales are followed by a number of mistaken entombment tales the first being “ The Fall of the House of Usher” In “The Pit and the Pendulum” it is the narrator who is entombed during the Inuisition “In the deepest slumber no In delirium no In a swoon no In death no Even in the grave all is not lost Arousing from the most profound of slumbers we break the gossamer web of some dream”The Bewilderment of the VisionaryPoe describes near death experiences in terms of the visionary “He who has never swooned is not he who finds strange palaces and wildly familiar faces in coals that glow; is not he who beholds floating in mid air the sad visions that the many may not view; is not he whose brain grows bewildered with the meaning of some musical cadence which has never before arrested his attention”Darkness EverPoe continues into the realm of horror in “The Premature Burial” Again the narrator recites numerous real life examples of such events to add to the veracity of his tale before admitting that this event actually happened to him “I knew that I had now fully recovered the use of my visual faculties and yet it was dark all dark the intense and utter raylessness of the Night that endureth for ever”Near death is as close to death as we are able to experience and live to tell the taleThe Confession of GuiltIn “The Cask of Amontillado” the narrator entombs a friend without being detected His friend rests in peace even if the narrator doesn’tIn “The Imp of the Perverse” the narrator murders a friend only to be plagued by the temptation to confess his crime The spirit of the perverse condemns us to do what we should not even if it threatens our own safetyMy Wife and My Dead WifeIn “The Oval Portrait” the narrator recounts a story about a painter who fell in love with a painting of his own wife who perishes from his subseuent neglectThe narrator in “The Assignation” also loses something of value over the matter of a painting “Ill fated and mysterious man bewildered in the brilliancy of thine own imagination and fallen in the flames of thine own youth Again in fancy I behold thee”Self Denial and Confession “The Tell Tale Heart” is another story in which the drive to confess to a crime prevailsIn “The Domain of Arnheim” Poe returns to the difference between reason and the imagination “In truth while that virtue which consists in the mere avoidance of vice appeals directly to the understanding and can thus be circumscribed in rule the loftier virtue which flames in creation can be apprehended in its results alone Rule applies but to the merits of denial to the excellences which refrain Beyond these the critical art can but suggest”Cursed and Caught Out “Berenice” is another tale in which the narrator finds that he has killed a friend his cousin and been found out this time without needing to confessIn “Eleonora” memories of the narrator’s deceased love curse a subseuent relationship “Ligeia” witnesses life after death but still highlights the ephemerality of life and beauty and the terrors of death The narrator suffers doubly from his opium induced dreamsIn contrast the narrator of “Morella” longs for the death of his eponymous wife who eventually dies while giving birth to a daughter with the same name and characteristicsConvinced by an Imperfect VisionIn “Shadow A Parable” Poe recognises the incredibility of his tale set in ancient Egypt by anticipating that some readers will disbelieve it and some will doubt it instead “The Spectacles” comically cautions the reader against love at first sight especially when you have less than perfect vision “The Oblong Box” plays with the format of a wife in a coffin “Three Sundays in a Week” returns to the linguistic tricks of “The Gold Bug” “Thou Art the Man” is a humorous tale of how the deceased victim manages to confront his murderer with his guilt “Some Words with a Mummy” reprises “The Thousand And Second Tale” only the mummy compares the current world unfavourably with his own world thousands of years beforeFor all Poe’s Gothic Romanticism horror and humour his metafictional objectives make his tales that much interesting entertaining and relevant to our timeJanuary 26 2017