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The Raven

Poems and Essays on Poetry

Edgar Allan Poe

Edited by C.H. Sisson

Foreword by C.H. Sisson

Edgar Allen Poe - The Raven: Poems and Essays on Poetry
RRP: GBP 9.95
eBook (EPUB)
ISBN: 978 1 847776 51 8
Categories: 19th Century, American
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: July 2012
168 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
Digital access available through Exact Editions
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  • ‘Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore –
    Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’
            Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is the poet of the night world, of the inexplicable, the uncanny. His poems do not analyse, they do not explain: they exist with the intensity of hallucinations. In the breathtakingly seductive beauty of ‘To Helen’ – ‘Like those Nicéan barks of yore, / that gently o’er a perfumed sea...’, or the claustrophobic horror of ‘The Raven’, Poe offers haunting alternative realities, as strange – and strangely familiar – as our dreams and nightmares.

    Yet Poe was more than a poet of American gothic. He was translated by Baudelaire and Mallarmé, becoming a key figure in French Symbolism; he was an influential critic. This edition contains all Poe’s poetry and his three most important essays. With an introduction by the poet C.H. Sisson, it is an indispensable collection of the work of one of the nineteenth century’s most compelling and original poets.

    Table of Contents


    To Helen
    The Raven
    The Vallye of Unrest
    Bridal Ballad
    The Sleeper
    The Coliseum
    Catholic Hymn
    Sonnet: To Zante
    The City in the Sea
    To One in Paradise
    T F---s S. O---d
    To F---
    Sonnet: Silence
    The Conqueror Worm
    The Haunted Palace
    Scenese from Politian

    Poems Written in Youth
    Sonnet to Science
    Al Aaraaf
    A Dream
    To the River---
    To Lake. To---

    Later Poems
    A Dream within a Dream
    The Bells
    To Helen
    A Valentine
    An Enigma
    To--- ---
    To my Mother
    To M.L.S---
    For Annie
    Annabel Lee

    Essays on Poetry
    The Poetic Principle
    The Rationale of Verse
    The Philosphy of Composition
    Edgar Allan Poe
    Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, born in 1809, best known for his poetry and short stories. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. ... read more
    C.H. Sisson
    Born in Bristol in 1914, C. H. Sisson was noted as a poet, novelist, essayist and an important translator. He was a great friend of the critic and writer Donald Davie, with whom he corresponded regularly. Sisson was a student at the University of Bristol where he read English and Philosophy. ... read more
    Praise for C.H. Sisson `His poems move in service of the loved landscapes of England and France; they sing (and growl) in love of argument, in love of seeing through, in love of the firm descriptions of moral self-disgust; they move in love of the old lost life by which the new life is condemned.'
    Donald Hall, New York Times Book Review
    'I think he is worth a place on the short shelf reserved for the finest twentieth-century poets, with Eliot and Rilke and MacDiarmid.'
    Robert Nye, the Scotsman
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