Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

Paperback, 1995



Local notes

811 Poe






Scholastic (1995), 48 pages


A collection of thirteen poems and eight prose selections from larger works.


Physical description

48 p.

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LibraryThing member Whisper1
When in college, a professor who taught American Literature, loved Edgar Allan Poe. I confess that I wasn't drawn to his writings back then, nor am I particularly enamored today. But, I very much like the other books in the Poetry for Young People and want to read all in this series.

This book does
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a wonderful job of providing snippets of information regarding Poe's life and works. Focusing on details of various passages, and, even if the reader doesn't particularly like his poems, Poe can be appreciated for the fact that he kept with a specific theme throughout his works. Gloom, death, deceit, longing and travail are clearly written in dramatic fashion. Drawing the reader step by step into the basement of horrors that await, Poe sinks into the blackness of life and death. With no hope of sunshine, the reader simply shakes her or his head in pity at the poor, depressed, sad man.

A troubled soul, Poe died young as a result of alcoholism. Marrying is 13 year old cousin created quite a stir, and he became well-known, primarily through gossip, and for his epic poem The Raven.
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LibraryThing member Jenny_Laura
Poe, known for his scary stories also wrote poetry. This book explains and has over twenty poems that he had written with pictures to go along with it. "The Raven", the poem that he is best known for, I can still remember reading and hearing the audio for, from when I had heard it back in high
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school. Many of his poems have that effect.

I would use this lesson with a poetry unit and to learn more about how Edgar Allan Poe had written his poetry.
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LibraryThing member kathrynmichaud
very dark, definitely not for younger audience
LibraryThing member CelenaM511
I love Edgar Allan Poe, I found it helpful that this book not only contained his poetry but also biographical information.
LibraryThing member cscapp1
I liked this book but I felt like it had some flaws. This is a good collection for younger readers who have not been introduced to Edgar Allen Poe. As always, Poe’s stories are creepy and come from a very dark place. The book does a good job making it feel dark enough to keep Poe’s emotion but
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light enough for a child. The book had the big ones like “The Raven,” “The Bells,” “Eldorado,” and “Annabel Lee” along with some less well known poems. There are illustrations for each piece of work that help younger persons visualize what is occurring in the poem. The illustrations included an arresting picture of The Raven, a back from the dead ghoast in The Bells, and even depiction the creepy of the narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart. The layout of having the poem on one side and interpretations on the other helped me and would probably help younger readers a lot but I can see someone just reading the interpretations and not trying to form their own interpretation. That being said, I enjoyed the selection of poems that were chosen and the interpretations did make a lot of sense. I can see a reader enjoying this book because it breaks everything down for them. Poe isn't easy for anyone, let along a child.
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LibraryThing member mrsarey
A great introduction to Edgar Allen Poe's poetry.

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