Edgar Allan Poe Patrick, Shahab, and Kiana
Biography • Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809. Poe's parents passed away when he was very young and he was taken into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allan where he received his middle name. • Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his tales of horror and mystery. He often had a negative view towards life and majority of his work have a dark and depressing atmosphere. Poe was also a magazine editor and critic as well. • Poe's life was full of personal problems and poverty, and like most famous writers, his work was not much appreciated until after his death. Poe died at the age of forty in 1849. “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” - Edgar Allan Poe
Spirits of the Dead • Thy soul shall find itself alone'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;Not one, of all the crowd, to pryInto thine hour of secrecy. • Be silent in that solitude,Which is not loneliness-for thenThe spirits of the dead, who stoodIn life before thee, are againIn death around thee, and their willShall overshadow thee; be still. • The night, though clear, shall frown,And the stars shall not look downFrom their high thrones in the HeavenWith light like hope to mortals given,But their red orbs, without beam,To thy weariness shall seemAs a burning and a feverWhich would cling to thee for ever. • Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,Now are visions ne'er to vanish;From thy spirit shall they passNo more, like dew-drop from the grass. • The breeze, the breath of God, is still,And the mist upon the hillShadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,Is a symbol and a token.How it hangs upon the trees,A mystery of mysteries! • Edgar Allan Poe • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37F6e2IDrYE&feature=related
Discussion • What is the mood of the poem? • Does the poem represent hope in any way? • What is it talking about? What is the story? • How is the poet viewing death? • What is the point of view? Who is talking?
Discussion • What is the poem about? • Who is this poem written for? What is the story? • How is the poet viewing his love for Annabel lee? Is it childish or mature? • What is the meter in this poem?
Sources • http://www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160 • http://www.heureka.clara.net/art/poe.htm • http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/eapoe/bl-eapoe-spirits.htm • http://www.online-literature.com/poe/576/