The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe/Volume 2

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THE WORKS

 

OF THE LATE

 

EDGAR ALLAN POE

 

WITH

 

A Memoir
BY RUFUS WILMOT GRISWOLD

 

AND

 

NOTICES OF HIS LIFE AND GENIUS
BY N. P. WILLIS AND J. R. LOWELL

 

IN FOUR VOLUMES

 

II.
POEMS AND TALES

 

NEW YORK:

BLAKEMAN & MASON

1859

 

 

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by
J. S. REDFIELD,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court, for the Southern District
of New York.


 

 

PREFACE TO THE POEMS.

 

 

These trifles are collected and republished chiefly with a view to their redemption from the many improvements to which they have been subjected while going at random "the rounds of the press." I am naturally anxious that what I have written should circulate as I wrote it, if it circulate at all. In defence of my own taste, nevertheless, it is incumbent upon me to say that I think nothing in this volume of much value to the public, or very creditable to myself. Events not to be controlled have prevented me from making, at any time, any serious effort in what, under happier circumstances, would have been the field of my choice. With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion; and the passions should be held in reverence; they must not—they cannot at will be excited, with an eye to the paltry compensations, or the more paltry commendations of mankind.

E. A. P.

 

 

CONTENTS OF VOL. II.

 

 
Preface to the Poems,

iii

Contents,

v

The Poetic Principle,

vii

The Raven,

7

Lenore,

12

Hymn,

13

A Valentine,

14

The Coliseum,

15

To Helen,

17

To —— ——,

19

Ulalume,

20

The Bells,

23

An Enigma,

26

Annabel Lee,

27

To My Mother,

28

The Haunted Palace,

29

The Conqueror Worm,

31

To F. S. O.,

32

To One in Paradise,

33

The Valley of Unrest,

34

The City in the Sea,

35

The Sleeper,

37

Silence,

39

A Dream within a Dream,

40

Dream-Land,

41

To Zante,

43

Eulalie,

44

Eldorado,

45

Israfel,

46

For Annie,

48

To ——,

51

Bridal Ballad,

52

To F——,

53

Scenes from "Politian,"

54

Sonnet—To Science,

77

Al Aaraaf,

78

To the River ——,

95

Tamerlane,

96

To ——,

104

A Dream,

105

Romance,

106

Fairy-Land,

107

The Lake—To——,

109

Song,

110

To M. L. S.,

111

Eureka,

117

Rational of Verse,

215

Philosophy of Composition,

259

Power of Words,

271

The Colloquy of Monos and Una,

276

The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion,

286

Shadow,

292

Silence,

295

Philosophy of Furniture,

299

A Tale of Jerusalem,

306

A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,

311

The Spectacles,

322

The Duc de L'Omelette,

347

The Oblong Box,

351

King Pest,

363

Three Sundays in a Week,

376

The Devil in the Belfry,

383

Lionizing,

392

The Man of the Crowd,

398

Never Bet the Devil Your Head,

408

Thou art the Man,

418

The Sphinx,

433

Some Words with a Mummy,

438

Hop-Frog,

455

Four Beasts in One; the Homo-cameleopard,

465

Why the Little Frenchman wears his Hand in a Sling,

473

Bon Bon,

479