The Poetry and Prophecy of Edgar Allan Poe

August 22, 2014 3:49 PM

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The Poetry and Prophecy of Edgar Allan Poe

There is a story that, while serving as a young cadet at West Point academy, Edgar Allan Poe was expelled for reporting to a military march wearing nothing but a pair of white gloves. Like most good stories, it appears that this is an urban legend, but there are many unusual details about Poe's colourful life and work which are certainly true. Although he is celebrated for his short stories, Poe the poet is also a fascinating figure whose poetry has left us with some surprising legacies.

Poe's most celebrated poem 'The Raven' was inspired by the works of two Victorian writers: by the talking raven Grip in Dickens's Barnaby Rudge (1841), and (for its rhythm and meter) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem 'Lady Geraldine's Courtship.' It is perhaps his single best-known work, even mor...

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