Monday, October 20, 2014

Alone by Poe

by Jessie Willcox Smith

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
When the rest of Heaven was blue
Of a demon in my view.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My first collection of Poe's work

As you can see, I checked this out of the school library, and I don't believe I ever returned it. Of course, I had to buy it before I received my final report card. This volume has been read countless times over the years and because it was printed during the 1950s, it's still a beautiful, highly readable book. The paper is as clear as the day I first read it. 

I love this quote in the Introduction by T. O. Mabbot.

Properly read, Poe achieves magic in a way rarely attained even by Coleridge, to whom indeed Poe owes something, though perhaps less than to Thomas Chatterton. Within his own range, it is hard to imagine a more individual mastery than Poe's.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Poe would have approved of Haint Blue

Haint blue painted on a house keeps the evil spirits away. Next year, I am personally painting the ceiling of my porch Haint Blue to keep away all the ghosts that haunt me! I am so haunted....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Edgar Allan Poe by Vincent Buranelli

Edgar Allan Poe by Vincent Buranelli, a book I used in high school when working on a paper on Poe. Naturally I kept it all these years. It's not a biography but a collections of essays that make up a fair literary criticism. Very good, too. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Poe Riverside edition 1897

My oldest edition of Poe's work, which includes 8 poems and 4 tales, including The Fall of the House of Usher. At some time, I'll type in the introduction to compare how Poe was viewed in 1897 to present day.