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PostPosted: May 8th, 2007, 8:43 pm 
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Do any of you like his works? I love them, personally. They are definatley not your ordinary every day reading material. My favorites would have to be...oh. Probably Hop Frog, Tell Tale Heart, and the Raven. I also like Annabel Lee. That's such a sweet poem.

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I like them, but I haven't read them in awhile. They tend to freak me out... and such. :P

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But that's what's so great about them!

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True.. very true...

I do wonder what is going through his mind sometimes..

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Oh, lots of stuff. He was most likely a drug adict and an alchoholic. Not only that, but just about every woman in his life died. He probably suffered from depression too. I did a report on him and I started to feel really bad for him.

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The Tell-tale Heart just really scared me...I had a hard time sleeping that night...

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I like his stories, too! My faves would be The Tell-Tale Heart, A Cask of Amontialldo (can't spell, sorry), and...um...my mind is blank. The Black Cat was pretty good, too. Oh, and I liked The Raven.


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Hmm...I've never read the Black Cat...what's that one about? O.o

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Well, it's possible for something to be amazing but still not likeable. ^^

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OOOOH! Edgar Allan Poe.

I LOVE his work! I always have! When I was probably like 10, my dad gave me a book...his complete collection in one giant book. :P I haven't read it in a while, but I've read it a few times.

My absolute FAVOURITE poem by him is "Dream Within A Dream." Just really heartbreaking and beautiful.

As for short stories, oh there are too many. :P There WAS one...ohhh, what is it called?!

OH! *shouts with joy* OH! I remember! "The Fall Of The House Of Usher". BRILLIANT. ABSOLUTELY fantastic!

I'm not a huge fan of poetry or short stories, but something about Edgar Allan Poe just fascinates me. Draws me in. Mmm...LOVE him!

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Pigrider wrote:
Hmm...I've never read the Black Cat...what's that one about? O.o

The Black Cat is about a man. He likes animals and his wife has a cat named Pluto. One day the man tried to move Pluto, but the cat bit him. Angry, the man picked up a pen ang gouged out the cats eye. The man feels sorry for it, but like in all Of Edgar's tale, he soon becomes insane. He hangs the cat from a tree and that night his house burns. He and his wife manage to escape. He finds another cat that looked just like Pluto (its even missing an eye. The only difference is a white splotch in its chest) and brings it home. The cat almost trips him, and in anger he tries to strike it with his axe. His wife stops him, which was a very bad move on her part. He whacks her with his axe, and she dies. He then holes her up in the basement wall. After four days the police come to his house. He lets them look around. When hi gets to the basement he taps the wall, admiring how strong they were. From inside the wall comes yelling. The policemen tear apart the wall to find the wife's corpse with the cat on top. The white splotch in his chest is in the shape of a gallows.

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LOVE. I LOVE EDGAR ALLAN POE. I have his full works in one volume, and I love it. I haven't read the whole thing yet of course, but I love what I have read. The Tell-Tale Heart was the first thing of his I ever read and consequently is a long time favorite. His other poetry is good too though, though some of it can be confusing at times. I also really liked his short story Tha Cask of Amontillado. My entire family thought I was grossly morbid to even want to read Edgar Allen Poe in the first place. My book also has a biography of him in the front that was pretty good.


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Cast of Armontillado is so good. I read Hop Frog again last night. That's such a good story. It makes me laugh every time! (Is that good or bad?)

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I'd say it's good because I laugh too when I'm reading his stories. Mainly because he is a master of satire and irony, and that's the kind of humor I like. Other people might think you were weird or downright morbid, but who really cares what they think? :P


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A master of satire and irony indeed!

I think he really fits my morbid way of life. :P Either I liked him because of how morbid I am, or maybe reading him at such a young age made me so morbid. ;) Either way, he helped. :P

I really need to read his stuff again. I miss it! :P

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For me I think it's more because I am so morbid that I enjoy his morbidity, but I have read his stuff since I was very young. One of my grade school teachers read him to us every Halloween. That was fun.

His stories have so much irony in them. I don't think I even realized how much until we had to analyze a few of them for English class. They're dripping with irony. And the scary thing is that I love it.

The fact that he wrote nearly all of this under the influence of heavy doses of opium really makes me lose no respect for him and his genius. Our teachers would always downplay him because of that, as if they were trying to say he didn't have any real talent. But that's not true. He had to have been a mad genius to have some of that stuff in his head, even if it took a little opium to make it come out. :P

I should read him again too. I'm between books so now is probably a good time. Hmm...

EDIT: I read The Pit and the Pendulum yesterday. Soooo good.


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