Quotes from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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“Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best have gone to their eternal rest.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“in discourse, the lovers whiled away         The night that waned and waned and brought no day.         They fell: for Heaven to them no hope imparts         Who hear not for the beating of their hearts.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” Quoth the Raven,”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“DREAMLAND             BY a route obscure and lonely,             Haunted by ill angels only,             Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,             On a black throne reigns upright,             I have reached these lands but newly             From an ultimate dim Thule— From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime                 Out of SPACE—out of TIME.             Bottomless vales and boundless floods,             And chasms, and caves, and Titan woods             With forms that no man can discover             For the dews that drip all over; WHERE AN EIDOLON NAMED NIGHT ON A BLACK THRONE REIGNS UPRIGHT         Mountains toppling evermore         Into seas without a shore;         Seas that restlessly aspire,         Surging, unto skies of fire;         Lakes that endlessly outspread         Their lone waters—lone and dead,         Their still waters—still and chilly         With the snows of the lolling lily.         By the lakes that thus outspread         Their lone waters, lone and dead,—         Their sad waters, sad and chilly         With the snows of the lolling lily,—         By the mountains—near the river         Murmuring lowly, murmuring ever,—         By the grey woods,—by the swamp         Where the toad and the newt encamp,—         By the dismal tarns and pools                 Where dwell the Ghouls,—         By each spot the most unholy—         In each nook most melancholy,—         There the traveller meets aghast         Sheeted Memories of the Past—         Shrouded forms that start and sigh         As they pass the wanderer by—         White-robed forms of friends long given,         In agony, to the Earth—and Heaven.         For the heart whose woes are legion         ’Tis a peaceful, soothing region—         For the spirit that walks in shadow         ’Tis—oh, ’tis an Eldorado!         But the traveller, travelling through it,         May not—dare not openly view it;         Never its mysteries are exposed         To the weak human eye unclosed;         So wills its King, who hath forbid         The uplifting of the fringèd lid;         And thus the sad Soul that here passes         Beholds it but through darkened glasses.         By a route obscure and lonely,         Haunted by ill angels only,         Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,         On a black throne reigns upright,         I have wandered home but newly         From this ultimate dim Thule.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“Ours is a world of words: Quiet we call         “Silence”—which is the merest word of all.         All”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe



“FAIR river! in thy bright, clear flow             Of crystal, wandering water,         Thou art an emblem of the glow                 Of beauty—the unhidden heart—                 The playful maziness of art             In old Alberto’s daughter;         But when within thy wave she looks—             Which glistens then, and trembles—         Why, then, the prettiest of brooks             Her worshipper resembles;         For in his heart, as in thy stream,             Her image deeply lies—         His heart which trembles at the beam             Of her soul-searching eyes.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“Other friends have flown before— On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.” Then the bird said, “Nevermore.” Startled”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” And”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“I have no words—alas!—to tell         The loveliness of loving well!         Nor would I how attempt to trace         The more than beauty of a face         Whose lineaments, upon my mind,         Are shadows on th’ unstable wind:         Thus I remember having dwelt             Some page of early lore upon,         With loitering eye, till I have felt         The letters—with their meaning—melt             To fantasies with none.         O,”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“ONCE it smiled a silent dell         Where the people did not dwell;         They had gone unto the wars,         Trusting to the mild-eyed stars,         Nightly, from their azure towers,         To keep watch above the flowers,         In the midst of which all day         The red sunlight lazily lay.         Now each visitor shall confess         The sad valley’s restlessness.         Nothing there is motionless—         Nothing save the airs that brood         Over the magic solitude.         Ah, by no wind are stirred those trees         That palpitate like the chill seas         Around the misty Hebrides!         Ah, by no wind those clouds are driven         That rustle through the unquiet Heaven         Unceasingly, from morn till even,         Over the violets there that lie         In myriad types of the human eye—         Over the lilies there that wave         And weep above a nameless grave!         They wave:—from out their fragrant tops         Eternal dews come down in drops.         They weep:—from off their delicate stems         Perennial tears descend in gems.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe



“all the night-tide, I lie down by the side         Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,                 In her sepulchre there by the sea—                 In her tomb by the side of the sea.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“The moaning and groaning,             The sighing and sobbing,         Are quieted now,             With that horrible throbbing         At heart:—ah, that horrible,             Horrible throbbing!         The sickness—the nausea—             The pitiless pain—         Have ceased, with the fever             That maddened my brain—         With the fever called “Living”             That burned in my brain.         And”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“And oh! of all tortures             That torture the worst         Has abated—the terrible             Torture of thirst         For the naphthaline river             Of Passion accurst:         I have drank of a water             That quenches all thirst:—         Of a water that flows,             With a lullaby sound,         From a spring but a very few             Feet under ground—         From a cavern not very far             Down under ground.         And”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“My love, she sleeps! Oh, may her sleep,         As it is lasting, so be deep;         Soft may the worms about her creep!         Far in the forest, dim and old,         For her may some tall vault unfold—         Some vault that oft hath flung its black         And wingèd panels fluttering back,         Triumphant, o’er the crested palls,         Of her grand family funerals—         Some sepulchre, remote, alone,         Against whose portal she hath thrown,         In childhood many an idle stone—         Some tomb from out whose sounding door         She ne’er shall force an echo more,         Thrilling to think, poor child of sin!         It was the dead who groaned within.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


“He was a goodly spirit—he who fell:         A wanderer by moss-y-mantled well—         A gazer on the lights that shine above—         A dreamer in the moonbeam by his love:         What wonder? for each star is eye-like there,         And looks so sweetly down on Beauty’s hair—         And they, and every mossy spring were holy         To his love-haunted heart and melancholy.         The night had found (to him a night of woe)         Upon a mountain crag, young Angelo—         Beetling it bends athwart the solemn sky,         And scowls on starry worlds that down beneath it lie.         Here”
― Edgar Allan Poe, quote from Poems of Edgar Allan Poe



About the author

Edgar Allan Poe
Born place: in Boston, Massachusetts, The United States
Born date January 19, 1809
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