Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
  • Born: January 19, 1809
  • Died: October 7, 1849
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Poet









Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

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Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling-blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime. Religion & God
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. Religion & God ;Literature, Writers & Writing
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Romantic
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. Truth
I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it. Religion & God
I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. Religion & God
I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement.
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. Literature, Writers & Writing
If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.
In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed.
Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted.
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream. Future
It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.
Lord, help my poor soul.
Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so. Life
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.
That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? Life ;Death
The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world. Death
The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.
The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. Time
The rudiment of verse may, possibly, be found in the spondee.
The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.
There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
We loved with a love that was more than love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.' Nature ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. Literature, Writers & Writing
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. Power