The Great Poet Edgar Allan Poe - Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe -- A Great Poet

I would like to dedicate this hub to the great poet Edgar Allan Poe and to those who experienced romantic love, been hurt and knows what love is, and to those who are "in love" and felt love in any way, present or in the past. I was reading news today (January 19th) when I noticed this one, and I pondered for a moment and remember Edgar Allan Poes beautiful piece “The Raven”-- or many would say “Nevermore” .

In my first year of high school way back in the late 80s, we were required to deliver any piece of poetry, either a speech , poem or self drama to pass the Speech and Drama class and my teacher is an old woman (strict as usual), so I kinda scared actually to deliver a poem and to stand in front of everybody like a dumbass, and my crush would be looking at me. My aunt who lives with us, suggested the piece “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. At a young age, I couldn’t fathom the deeper meaning of it, I was just glad I have delivered it like a pro with matching sadness of emotions that is expected of the poem, but with only eight stanzas because it is too long and I cant memorize the entire piece. I thank the man behind that poem for today is his birthday.

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

Who wouldn’t know Edgar Allan Poe? From somebody who loves like there is no tomorrow and who loves and can never forget, --  The Raven  --  a piece of Poe is surely a hit.

Edgar Allan Poe is a great poet, short story writer, editor, literary critic, and is into horror fiction, gothic romance, crime fiction, detective fiction, comedy, satire, and of course in the age of Romanticism. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts to both artists (Elizabeth and David Poe Jr.), on January 19, 1809 and died forty years later. His father abandoned their family in 1810, and his mother died a year later Poe was then taken into the home of John Allan, a successful Scottish merchant in Virginia, who dealt in a variety of goods including tobacco, cloth, wheat, tombstones, and slaves. The Allans served as a foster family but never formally adopted Poe, and they gave him the name "Edgar Allan Poe".

Why I like the Poet

I like Edgar Allan Poe, I read some of his works, it is all sad by the way, mysterious and deep provoking thoughts are all embed in his works, stories, poem etc., and it makes you wonder how he likes to impart sadness or whether he lives by it. I am just wondering how can I smile and infect him with life which is beautiful (we live in different time) or did he ever experience to smile and have a life, maybe he did, we will never know. I wonder if an author should be so much into their feelings and then should share what they are thinking or they have the power to make us sad and look beyond. Does an author have to be so much involved with his writings and whether he is depicting himself at all? Does he need to write timely pieces or he could imagine and dealt beyond time.

His poem "The Raven"

The Raven” is composed of 18 stanzas and there are six lines in each, nevermore is the word you can see in each last lines in every stanza.

My interpretation of the poem “The Raven”

  • It is sad, lonely and use allegory to depict the bird raven as a “bird” to depict death and can speak too. Death and loving immortality is the main theme of the poem.
  • The man welcomes the raven, and is afraid that the raven will be gone in the morning, Hopes have flown before"; however, the raven answers, "Nevermore." The man smiled, and pulled up a chair, interested in what the raven "meant in croaking, ---- ‘Nevermore.’" The chair, where Lenore once sat -- (Leonore is the dead wife of Poe), and suddenly it brought back painful memories and the man, who knows the irrational nature in the raven’s speech, still cannot help but ask the raven questions. The man is aware that the raven only knows one word, he can anticipate the bird's responses. "Is there balm in Gilead?" - "Nevermore." Can Lenore be found in paradise? ------- "Nevermore." "Take thy form from off my door!" ------ "Nevermore." Finally the man concedes, realizing that to continue this dialogue would be pointless. And his "soul from out that shadow" that the raven throws on the floor, "Shall be lifted --- Nevermore!"

Thank you and I hope I did justice to the man who affects even the "stone" in us.

 

The Raven (first two stanzas)

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.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

What a great tribute to one of literature's greatest treasures. I've always enjoyed his dark outlook on life, much like H.P. Lovecraft. Thanks for sharing this one, Maita!


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blue dog 6 years ago from texas hill country

great one, maita.

i had no idea he only lived to be 40 years old. long live the raven.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Poe is a wonderful poet. His work is easily accessible, but deep, and appeals to those who may be 'turned off' by poetry.

Thanks for an interesting hub - like the photos.


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

Poe is one of my few favorite "dark" writers. I can usually scare myself so why do I need Hollywood or other writers to do it for me :D: Thanks Maita for a super look into his life.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

I love Poe's work. I watched a documentary of his life a few days ago and was stunned when I saw this hub. Not only did he die young, but he suffered so many losses of those he loved, most due to what we call today TB, back then it was called consumption. I think his poetry reflects his life long pain and deep sorrow.

Thank you Maita for honoring the memory of this outstanding artist and the ideal husband.

Forever His,


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hubby7 6 years ago from Chicago

Hi Prettydarkhorse. Thanks for the hub on my favorite poet, Edgar Allan Poe. He was a master "wordcraftman". You can both see and feel the words that compose his poems. Who can not appreciate the Raven, the Bells, Annabell Lee, and his other great poems. Long live the King, the King of poetry, that is! Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

I have never been a big fan of poetry but I do remember some Poe in highschool. I had an english teacher who loved him...Great bio on him I didn't know he was an orphan.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Poe truly was a master wordsmith.. I love most of his work!


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Nice choice Maita, I like the Raven myself. I enjoyed your interpretation of the Poem. Thanks, your articles are always well written. By the way, what football team are you with for the playoffs?


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

That was beautiful and thank you for writing your hub. I had enjoyable read.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

That was beautiful and thank you for writing your hub. I had enjoyable read.


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blpelton 6 years ago

Beautiful, great tribute


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Edgar Allen was my introduction to poetry when I was a boy. I found a dusty old copy of his works in my basement. The Raven has always been one of my favorites, so much vigor and potency in his feelings wrought through his words.

Thank you for celebrating this great man's birthday for the rest of us Maita!


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manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

I love the way Edgar Allen Poe...immediately draws you in to his thoughts...within that very first line "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary"! So, so classic...and it is easy to see why "The Raven" remains such a fascinating poem. Enjoyed your insight and personal history of when you had studied the poem. For me...like most literature...while the teacher was busy trying to get this one in our brains...I was busy daydreaming the whole poem...I guess that is why the words to this poem...really stick with me when I try and write. Great Hub Tribute, PDH...I'm off to study "The Raven" once again through your link...Thanks for presenting it in this fashion....Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

I read somewhere that Poe may have been responsible for giving us our first ever detective story too! Poe is a pure master of Horror and weirdness. What is it about his writing that draws us in? Magical Hub! Cheers, Maita!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Once again, am amazed at your versatility as a writer pretty Maita! There's not a topic you can't write a great hub on!! I loooove Poe btw. (have done my Masters in Eng. Lit, so you can imagine how much I enjoyed this..) hugs xx


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palmerlarryray 6 years ago from Macon, Missouri

Poe was truely a great writer. I thank you for reminding me of the mans birthday. Perhaps I will knock the dust off my copy of his collected works and reread the Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and The Pendulum or the Tell-Tale Heart today in his memory.

Great Hub.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

I agree with dohn. Poe and Lovercraft are great. Well done hub Maita. I'll wait for one on The Pit and the Pendulum and The Barrel of Amontillado. :) And maybe The Masque of the Red Death and Murders of the Rue Morgue? Am I asking too much? :)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Have to admit to not being a big fan of Poe's but I love your Hub about him! Thanks for sharing so beautifully!

Love and peace

Tony


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

A great poet indeed I still remember his Monkey's Paw which is a great story and a masterpiece too...


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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

Thank you pdh, I am a big fan of Poe. This is a fine tribute, I enjoyed it very much!


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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

A fine tribute to an extraordinary poet!


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TINA V 6 years ago

My favorite poem that he wrote was "Annabel Lee." It was noted that he wrote it to his special lady while he was drunk. I am a fan of Edgar Allan Poe.


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ehern33 6 years ago

What a fine tribute to a legendary poet. Hope you are doing well today. Gloomy day here, raining but good day to read. have a fantastic day.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi ehern, gloomy also here but comfortable, hope your feeling good now, Thanks ehern, enjoy your day, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey Tina V, Annabel Lee is wonderful too, always sad, isnt it, Thanks, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Madison, thanks and I am glad you like it too, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Monkeys Paw, well written GH, Thanks and who is that cute one there? Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Tony, hehe. at least you like my hub Thanks for dropping by, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey hypno, thanks and yes I can do that while doing some other things here, your request is ok, hmmmm, maybe after the Super Bowl, I hope you can wait LOL< Thank you BTW for reading this one, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Palmerlarry you and hypno have the same likes as with regards POE, yes they are great stories, He is great in that arena too, am glad you are a fan of him, Thanks, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey MOW, oh can never be like you and the way you write, you have M in Lit, salute my friend, thanks and maybe one time we can have a coffee and share what we know and cherish about POE< Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Cheeky my girl, yes detective story is credited with this man too, plus his sad writings which affects the stone in us makes him a great poet, Thanks Cheeky, loves to love, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey manly, You sure have imagination even when youre young eh, haha, imaginative thinking while the teacher is teaching, hmm, are you aure youre thinking of Edgar hehe,

youre correct though, even his first line of the "RAVEN" poem is capturing our imagination and we cant stop reading, one day manly too, and yes manly the poet--cowboy man, Thanks, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Ben, thanks that you appreciate this hub and the man, Did you keep his writings? Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi blpelton, thanks for reading this one, saw the pics in your hub, they are wonderful, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey hello, I am glad you like this one, and yes EDGAR is beautiful, just kidding his works hehe, Thanks, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Truth, am sorry the celtics lost the other day against the MAVS, they are missing Garnett, I am not sure what team to pick yet for the Super BOWL< I like FAVRE though, next to STEELERS hehe

and am glad you like POE also and his "THE RAVEN", Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Cris, yes he is indeed a wordsmith, gotta love his work isnt it, sad and appeal to the emotions hehe< Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey Tam, yes He was an orphan, maybe his experiences in life also contributes to the sadness in his works too, Thanks Tam, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey hubby, many like POE because of the emotions he put in his work and he deserve this hub and the remembrance of his bday too, am glad youre a fan too, Thanks as always, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Revlady, He iwas an ideal husband, many times hiw wife Leonore is quoted in his work, they are cousins BTW and yes he died of TB< a common illness during those times, maybe they featured him because its his bday, am glad you like this hub too REV, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thanks Rope for dropping by, hehe,. scaring yourself, he is a dark mystery writer and his works are basis of invetigative crimes BTW, Thanks ROPE, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hey 2patricias, yes indeed, he can turn the stone in every human being, his writings are a by product of his sad life, we are not for sure but then he had a sad life too, Thanks, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

yes blue, long live "The Raven" indeed, and he lived only for short 40 years and died of TB which he got from his wife I think, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Dohn, love that one too, and indeed he deserve this hub and our remembrance, Only this little remembrance and reading his work will make him live again, Thank you, Maita


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Yeah, I'll wait. It will be worth it. :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

What a sad, tragic genius was Poe! I believe he was found dead in a gutter - they now think from rabies. Great tribute, Maita!

I hope you are well, my friend.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

oh hypno, thanks for your understanding, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi habee, thanks for dropping by here, I think he died from TB, same as his wife, I am ok my friend, thanks for asking, TC, Maita


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

A fine tribute to one of the greatest poets ever. Mr. Poe. Did you hear that the flowers and cognac were not delivered to his grave this year for the first time in 60 years?


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Oh Sir James, yes have read that one, sad but maybe he is just sick or we dont know what happened to HIM< hope he is ok though, nice of you to drop by Sir, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice Prettydarkhorse! I too like Poe.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Thanks Mick, and happy weekend, Maita


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dave272727 6 years ago from Kentucky

My favorite classic author! His words were what started me on my path with writing. This is an awesome tribute to a great author! Thanks for this. I think its time for me to return to my roots and dust off my copy of his works.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Dave, can see your story with a trace of POE BTW, the one which I am following, youve got the blood of POE hehe, thanks Dave, maita


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Great Wide Open 6 years ago from The Astral Plane

Maita, I Love Poe!!! The man has been dead for over 160 years and he still gives ppl he never even met mind you nightmares. The Black Cat and Ravan were awesome. The Tell Tale Heart was great as well. Nathaniel Hawthourne's Young Goodman Brown is superb as well. If you haven't done so READ IT!

Steven Randall


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thanks Steven, yes He is a great man and touches us like never before, I will try to look at Goodman Brown as well, Thanks Steven, Maita

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