Edgar Allan Poe’s “Collected Poems” is a compilation of great intricity, gloom, and elaboration that twists and turns much like ivy on the side of a home: elegant and awe inspiring, but also leaving deep indentations on the abode. Poe seems to cloak everything in a bitter air, out in the open for anyone, and everyone, to see. Some things are hard to grasp, but others seem to spark a flame of connection. For example, Poe wrote a poem about a dream he had had, saying “In visions of the dark night/I have dreamed of joy departed;/But awaking dream of life and light/Hath left me broken-hearted” (Poe 43). It’s very relatable and easy to forge a connection to; everyone has mornings (or even afternoons) where it’s almost painful to leave the realm of dreams in order to return to reality.
Collected Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
August 1, 2014