Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. The Black Cat (1854).
The waves have now a redder glow— The hours are breathing faint and low— And when, amid no earthly moans, Down, down that town shall settle hence, Hell, rising from a thousand thrones, Shall do it reverence.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The City in the Sea (l. 48-53). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
Lo! Death has reared himself a throne In a strange city lying alone Far down within the dim West, Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best Have gone to their eternal rest.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The City in the Sea (l. 1-5). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
Resignedly beneath the sky The melancholy waters lie. So blend the turrets and shadows there That all seem pendulous in air, While from a proud tower in the town Death looks gigantically down.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The City in the Sea (l. 24-29). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
No sooner had I glanced at this letter, than I concluded it to be that of which I was in search. To be sure, it was, to all appearance, radically different from the one of which the Prefect had read us so minute a description.... But, then, the radicalness of these differences ... these things ... were strongly corroborative of suspicion.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The detective Dupin speaking to the narrator. The Gift (1844). Suggestive of dream censorship.
Semi-Saracenic architecture, sustaining itself as if by miracle in mid air; glittering in the red sunlight with a hundred oriels, minarets, and pinnacles; and seeming the phantom handiwork, conjointly, of the Sylphs,... the Fairies,... the Genii, and ... the Gnomes.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "The Domain of Arnheim," Columbian Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine (1847). The epogee of beauty in the dreamscape of the arabesque.
Banners yellow, glorious, golden, On its roof did float and flow
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
But evil things, in robes of sorrow, Assailed the monarch's high estate;
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
In the greenest of our valleys By good angels tenanted, Once a fair and stately palace— Radiant palace—reared its head. In the monarch Thought's dominion, It stood there!
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.
like a ghastly rapid river, Through the pale door A hideous throng rush out forever, And laugh—but smile no more.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Fall of the House of Usher (l. 33-38). . . Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.