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Any Edgar Allan Poe fans here?

Asked by this_velvet_glove (1142points) July 5th, 2012

And if you are a fan of his work, which poem is your favorite? Also, do you believe any of the theories about his death? Which one?

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thesparrow's avatar

Lol, incidentally I love Poe. I had a weird fascination with him and Gothic literature in high school. Where can I begin with Poe? It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by him, but just to name a few titles:

Pit and the Pendulum (my favorite)
Tell-Tale Heart
Hop Frog (kind of a weird story I’ve always liked)
The Raven
Annabel Lee
The Haunted Mansion
Masque of the Red Death

I’m not a huge fan of his longer works, however. Murders in the Rue Morgue I got through but it was just too… weird… for me.

What about yourself?

elbanditoroso's avatar

I used to be. But…. nevermore…

this_velvet_glove's avatar

@thesparrow I love Poe too -in a weird way, and more than I should.

A few of my favorites: The Raven, The Sleeper, The Valley Of Unrest, Dream-Land, Tamerlane.
Also: The Black Cat, Berenice, Morella.

Aster's avatar

I like him. Favorites are The Pit and the Pendulum and the Raven.

gailcalled's avatar

I’m no longer a fan, but here’s a Raven that clearly is.

PhiNotPi's avatar

I’ve only read a few poems and short stories. I liked the Raven, but I can’t remember anything else. As for the theories about his death, I think that rabies is currently the best explanation, but this is impossible to prove given the time that has elapsed.

Berserker's avatar

My favorite poems is ’‘The Bells’’ and one of my favorite stories is ’‘The Cask of Amontillado’’, as well as ’‘Message Found in a Bottle’’. I’ve often wondered if Bram Stoker may have slightly been influenced by that story for the part where Dracula takes over a ship to come to England.

But yeah I love him. Sometimes I find his stories difficult to read, because the sentences just never end. But it’s a style, and since everything is so long and dragged out, it establishes the creeps pretty good. You know the guy’s timeless when he can scare people in the modern world with social relations that barely even exist anymore.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue is also interesting. For anyone who read it, you know what I mean, heh. It’s not so much about how crazy it is, rather than how the murderer is found…

blueiiznh's avatar

Love all his stuff.
One of my fav’s is The Tell-Tale Heart, but there really are soooo many.
The City of Boston and Poe had a rocky relationship and it was not until 2009 that the city finally paid trbute to him by naming a square across from the Boston Common.
The Baltimore Ravens pay huge honor to him.
I do think there is plenty of mystery surrounding his death. It is very fascinating.

flutherother's avatar

I like his work, very imaginative and well written. My favourite poem is The Haunted Palace. His death is mysterious but I wouldn’t be surprised if drink played a part.

gorillapaws's avatar

Dreamland is my favorite. I love Poe’s use of assonance and consonance that really captures the sounds of words and weaves that into it’s meaning.

filmfann's avatar

I love Annabelle Lee and The Raven.
As far as the rumors go, I don’t know, and it really doesn’t matter anymore. His work has outlived any scandal of his life.

athenasgriffin's avatar

Alone is my favorite poem. It was how I felt as a child, and it reminds me of how far I’ve come.

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