Poe Poetry Reading Challenge: Part II

Spooky October Night of Halloween
Prior to this post, the start of this challenge came to be at the beginning of the month for the sake of Halloween. I was going to read an Edgar Allan Poe poem for each day of this month because Poe is a very spooky writer, which happens to be perfect for Halloween. I successfully completed the challenge I put myself up to and now, I present you fellow readers with the second part to my Poe poem analysis and recommendations. The book that I have with his complete tales and poems contains more than the 31 poems I decided to analyze, considering it is over 1,000 pages long. It all depends on you to make the decision to buy the book or look further into the works of Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious writing. Journey into this long post about Edgar Allan Poe’s different poems to have more insight about what poems I find to be better than others and to learn about a few of his works!
15. Al Aaraaf
The beginning of Al Aaraaf and the Part II of it both are romantic stories of lovers willing to die for each other. In Part II, it refers to a maiden and a fallen angel falling into a deep spell of slumber when the moon appears and for Al Aaraaf, it refers more to the beauty of an empress of a city who leaves her kingdom and finds a field of many flowers. She falls asleep in the field in mourning of her lover, but ends up waking up back in her palace in what seems to be a ghost-like state. Part II goes into detail about the fallen angel staring at his lover in a long sleep. Overall, the whole poem was very long, but the strong theme of romance in both parts make it more worthwhile to read with its flowing vocabulary and beautiful imagery.
16. Romance
This poem personifies the word ‘romance’ by talking about how it teaches us things, but yet to feel it is a very delicate and dangerous thing. It describes it in different places such as among leaves, a lake, and in the sky. Romance is not a long poem, but yet it speaks volumes with the eloquent vocabulary it uses with words such as uniquet and paroquet. Overall, I like the topic of the poem and it is constructed very smoothly when reading it.
17. Introduction
Introduction starts off with the poem, Romance, but continues in a very detailed version of what I believe is meant to be the whole poem. It separates Romance between the first stanza and the fourth stanza, but the mood of the poem changes drastically. This poem talks about how evidently the narrator falls in love with melancholy and things surrounded by death and beauty. The narrator of the poem evidently feels sorrow and wants to dream his life away because of all the sadness he feels from love. Introduction is a little bit longer than Romance and the word choice is able to make you feel what is felt by the narrator of the poem, making it more appealing to me. Overall, it is a good poem that I would suggest to other readers as well.
18. To ___
This poem is slightly confusing to me, but it made more sense as I kept re-reading it. To___ is about the downfall of a lover’s spirit seen through their eyes and the narrator evidently wanting to win their love. The narrator knows that nothing can buy their happiness. Overall, this poem is short and confusing, but reading it more and more will help any reader be able to interpret it more in their own perspective.
19. To the River____
To the River___ is referring to the beauty of a river the narrator sees. The narrator talks about the river’s clear flow, the crystal wandering water, the glistening shine, and the pretty brooks it contains. They also talk about falling under the river’s gaze, which personifies the river into a woman in the narrator’s perspective. Overall, To the River___ is a very beautifully constructed poem with its word usage and imagery.
20. To___
To___ is a different poem than mentioned in number 18 of this post, but I find it to be one of the shortest poems I have seen in this book so far. This poem is just as confusing as the one mentioned in number 18 and overall, it talks about how the love between two people can be forgotten so easily. Overall, To___ is confusing and short and like number 18, it has to be reread more than a few times to be able to understand it better.
21. Fairy Land
Fairy Land is a poem that goes into the conversation between the narrator and Isabel. The narrator is telling Isabel how the fairies bring moon beams that lighten the darkness so things can be discovered. It seems like the narrator looks forward to what the fairies bring and he hopes for them to come back because their moon beams expand over great distances to lead people to discover the hidden things of the world. Overall, the tone of the poem seems rather enlightened than most of Poe’s works, but the extensive vocabulary and descriptive imagery make me enjoy Fairy Land more than most poems.
22. Alone
Alone talks about how the narrator has felt alone for all of his life. The narrator had a rough childhood and talks about how almost everything good and bad happened in his life. In the end, the narrator sees the bad in life. Overall, the poem has a very empathetic appeal and the use of imagery is very well presented, which makes it something I would recommend for others to read.
23. To Isaac Lea
For starters, To Isaac Lea is definitely the shortest poem I have seen in this book so far. It is only four line and it talks about having a choice to choose for or against a cause, which is basically for anyone. Overall, this poem was mediocre and I honestly wish it would have been longer since it came off very appealing.
24. Elizabeth
Elizabeth is an acrostic poem that was written for Elizabeth Rebecca Herring, who happened to be Edgar Allan Poe’s cousin. It seems to be more about the philosopher’s, Zeno, belief of not writing your own name in a book, but rather writing the things that come to you as the most meaningful in your heart. Overall, it is a rather short, yet strange poem to read the first few times.
25. From an Album
This poem is also another acrostic spelling of the name Elizabeth in reference to Elizabeth Rebecca Herring. From an Album makes more references to other things such as English artist L. E. L. (Letitia Elizabeth Landon), Xanthippe (wife of Socrates), and Endymion (an 1818 John Keats poem). The meaning of this poem is rather confusing, but it relates to love for someone and death. Overall, it is another short poem that has more meaningful references than easy analysis of it.
26. Lines on Joe Locke
Lines on Joe Locke is a really short poem of two stanzas and it talks about how Joe Locke is an essentially more notorious and memorable person to talk about, having never lied before. The narrator seems to be fond of the name Joe Locke rather than John Locke, which he talks about in the poem as well. Overall, this poem tends to be more open to analysis in different perspectives, but it is rather concise and to the point than most.
27. To Helen
This poem sounds like it is referring to Helen of Troy when it mentions Greece and Rome. The narrator talks about the beauty of Helen and how he comes from far away adventures to return home to the ‘Holy Land’ where Helen is. Overall, the imagery and elaborate words make this poem stand out as appealing to me in a very odd way.
28. Israfel
To start with, Israfel is a more religious poem than what I have seen so far in this book. In the Koran, Israfel is an angel who sings in the skies of Heaven with his lyre. The poem talks about how his lute and lyre are capable of bringing so much beauty and happiness to the stars and the moon, but yet if he were to come to earth, he would probably make a sadder song that what he usually sings. Overall, the flow, the imagery, and the vocabulary of this poem come off as astounding to me and I would recommend this poem to other readers since it gives off a sense of imagination and pure bliss.
29. The Sleeper
The Sleeper refers to the narrator’s love, Irene. It talks about how she is so beautiful and how the narrator wants her to sleep forevermore in peace, assuming she is dead. The narrator comes off as romantic and what sounds like hoping for Irene to come to him, but by the fourth stanza, it gives off the feel that Irene is dead and he hopes for her to rest peacefully in her gave. Overall, the vivid imagery, the rhyme pattern, the wide use of vocabulary, and the flow of the poem are great to me and I would recommend this poem to other readers because I find the writing of it as a whole to be purely breath-taking.
30. The Valley of Unrest
This poem refers to the life of a valley in which the processes of nature continue with or without people around. It talks about the wind, the sunlight, the air, the flowers, and more still going through the processes of evolving to death in a silent area left alone. Overall, the tone of The Valley of Unrest is rather sad, but the huge amount of imagery given to readers of this poem makes it more and more enticing to read repeatedly.
31. The City in the Sea
The City in the Sea seems to refer to an underwater town being rarely touched by light and so filled with death that it ultimately becomes hell with riches. The town has no life to it and Death has a throne there to foretell the sadness of the poem and the town. Overall, the imagery of this poem is pretty extensive, but The City in the Sea is a rather grave poem in which readers of Poe’s work might actually be okay with the grim concept like most of his works.

And now to conclude this post with saying this: I would definitely recommend journeying into the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The poems I wrote about in these two posts tend to be more unknown, but his most notable works happen to be The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, The Purloined Letter, and many more. So if you want to spook up your mood for the month of October, you can attend Halloween Horror Nights, watch Halloween TV specials, attend haunted houses, watch scary movies(check out the movie, The Raven, which is inspired by Poe’s works) or whatever else may liven up your night(do NOT do anything dangerous!), but I would definitely suggest that you check out Edgar Allan Poe’s works, whether it be his short stories or poems to really give you a fright for Halloween, October, or just any other night!