Edgar Allan Poe was a master of the macabre and his poems are some of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of literature ever written. From “Dream-Land” to “The City in the Sea,” Poe’s work is filled with dark themes and imagery that explore death, despair and longing.
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Although he died very young (40 years old when he died), Edgar Allan Poe have tremendously shaped the English literature and his works have inspired and continue to inspire writers and producers across the creative spectrum from literature to cinema.
Macabre did not only mark Edgar’s stories but also his mysterious death. Before his death in a Baltimore hospital in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe had been missing for about a week until somebody found him in ‘great distress’. His deathbed symptoms (i.e., fever and delusions), as Dotinga explained, “were so vague that they’ve spawned dozens of theories, including poisoning, alcoholism, rabies, syphilis, suicide and homicide.”
In his recent book entitled, A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe, journalist Mark Dawidziak confirmed that although symptoms of Edgar’s death point to tuberculosis, but there is also “a co-conspirator: an affliction known as election fraud“.
Poe has left some indelible nuggets of wisdom that speak to the depth of the man’s thinking and his passion for knowledge and poetry. Here are some of the most famous Edgar Allan Poe quotes:
1.“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, from a letter to George Washington Eveleth.
2. “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, rom ‘A Dream Within a Dream’.
3. “We loved with a love that was more than love.” ― Edgar Allen Poe, from ‘Annabel-Lee’.
4. “If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, from Marginalia
5. “I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, from a letter to Maria Clemm.
6. “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see”- from The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
7. “We loved with a love that was more than love” – from ‘Annabel-Lee’
8. “Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.” ― Edgar Allan Poe
9. “Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, from Mesmeric Revelation.
10. “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world”- Edgar Allen Poe, from The Philosophy of Composition.
11. “I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, from Marginalia
12. “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality”- Edgar Allen Poe, from The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
13. “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world”- Edgar Allen Poe, from The Philosophy of Composition.
14. “Those who dream by day are cognisant of many things which escape those who dream only by night” – Edgar Allen Poe, from Eleonora.
15. “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion”- Edgar Allen Poe, from Ligeia.