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Edgar Allan Poe
(1809-1849) born on
Jan 19
US poet, short-story writer. He is famous for his mysterious, macabre stories and poems, e.g., "The Gold Bug," 1843 and "The Raven," 1845.
         
   
F
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

R
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
A
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their grey visions they obtain glimpses of eternity . . .
N
I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active --not more happy --nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
K
There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: 'The Raven'
R: "The Raven."
A: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
N: Letter, 2 July 1844, to poet and critic James Russell Lowell. Quoted in: Julian Symons, The Tell-Tale Heart: The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe, pt. 1, ch. 11 (1978).
K: Marginalia, in "Southern Literary Messenger" (Richmond), Apr 1849.
   


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