By Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's poems were memorized and recited by means of thousands. between his best-loved works are "The Raven" with its hypnotic chant of "nevermore, " and the sensuous and lyrical "Annabel Lee." This assortment comprises all of Poe's preferred rhymes.
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Tantæne animis? Can nice minds descend to such absurdity? yet worse nonetheless: that he may perhaps undergo down each argument in want of those poems, he triumphantly drags ahead a passage, in his abomination of which he expects the reader to sympathize. it's the starting of the epic poem “Temora. ” “The blue waves of Ullin roll in gentle; the fairway hills are lined with day; timber shake their dusky heads within the breeze. ” And this — this beautiful, but easy imagery — the place all is alive and panting with immortality — this — William Wordsworth, the writer of Peter Bell, has chosen for his contempt. we will see what greater he, in his personal individual, has to supply. Imprimis: “And now she’s on the pony’s head, And now she’s on the pony’s tail, On that facet now, and now in this, And nearly stifled her with bliss — a couple of unhappy tears does Betty shed, She pats the horse the place or whilst She is familiar with no longer: chuffed Betty Foy! O Johnny! by no means brain the surgeon! ” Secondly: “The dew was once falling quickly, the — stars started to blink, I heard a voice, it acknowledged — drink, lovely creature, drink; and searching o’er the hedge, be — fore me I espied A snow-white mountain lamb with a — maiden at its facet, No different sheep have been close to, the lamb used to be on their own, And by means of a slim wire was once — tether’d to a stone. ” we've doubtless this can be all actual; we are going to think it, certainly we are going to, Mr. W. Is it sympathy for the sheep you need to excite? i like a sheep from the ground of my center. * * * yet there are times, pricey B—–, there are times whilst even Wordsworth is cheap. Even Stamboul, it's stated, shall have an finish, and the main unfortunate error needs to come to a end. this is an extract from his preface — “Those who've been familiar with the phrasing of contemporary writers, in the event that they persist in analyzing this ebook to a end (impossible! ) will, doubtless, need to fight with emotions of awkwardness; (ha! ha! ha! ) they're going to glance around for poetry (ha! ha! ha! ha! ) and may be prompted to inquire through what species of courtesy those makes an attempt were accredited to imagine that name. ” Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! but permit now not Mr. W. melancholy; he has given immortality to a wagon, and the bee Sophocles has transmitted to eternity a sore toe, and dignified a tragedy with a refrain of turkeys. * * * Of Coleridge i can't communicate yet with reverence. His towering mind! his massive strength! he's another facts of the actual fact “que los angeles plupart des sectes ont raison dans une bonne partie de ce qu’elles avancent, mais non pas en ce qu’elles nient. ” He has imprisoned his personal conceptions via the barrier he has erected opposed to these of others. it's lamentable to imagine that the sort of brain might be buried in metaphysics, and, just like the Nyctanthes, waste its fragrance upon the evening by myself. In examining his poetry I tremble — like one that stands upon a volcano, unsleeping, from the very darkness bursting from the crater, of the fireplace and the sunshine which are weltering lower than. * * * what's Poetry? — Poetry! that Proteus-like inspiration, with as many appellations because the nine-titled Corcyra!