Was Edgar Allan Poe a good poet?I am doing this big project over Edgar A. Poe and i have to have as many people as I can give me their opinion as possible.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Poe was beyond good as a poet.  His "The Raven" is a virtuoso performance in the use of internal rhyme, for instance.  His lyricism and emphasis upon the sound of his poetry and other aesthetic aspects over the meaning, is a feature which influenced French verse greatly. Seen as the forerunner of "Art for art's sake" movement, French Symbolists such as Mallarme and Ribaud claimed him as a literary precusor. Baudelaire spent fourteen years translating Poe into French.  Perhaps he was so loved by the French Symbolists because with Poe's poetry, there is an indefinite pleasure. 


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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Poe was a man with a brilliant imagination. The fact that the father of the modern detective story as well as such horrors as "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" could also right poetry like "The Raven", and in the same writing portfolio write such beautiful poems "Annabelle Lee" and "Since Childhood" is mind boggling.

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I would have to say that Edgar Allen Poe was a good poet. I would agree that good is in the opinion of the individual readers. However, I don't think you can deny the imagery in Poe's writing.

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and state herewith that "a good poet" can be defined as an individual who writes one or more good poems. Now as is stated above, the quality or goodness of a specific poem is a very subjective evaluation, meaning that most of it is left to the person doing the deciding.

Thus, that Edgar Allan Poe wrote poems is an undeniable fact. Whether or not these poems are good is up to the reader. This reader (I) will say right now that these poems by Mr. Poe are good poems:


"Annabel Lee"

"The Bells"

"The City in the Sea"

"The Conqueror Worm"

"A Dream Within A Dream"


"For Annie"

"The Raven"

Indeed, the last listed poem, "The Raven," is so good that it has withstood the test of time (over 150 years) and almost any literate person knows of it and may even be able to quote some lines from this dark, mysterious, poetic... dare I say it... masterpiece:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, 
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, 
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door- 
Only this, and nothing more."

Yes, such writing makes Edgar Allan Poe, at the very least, a good poet.

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The trouble with poetry is that it is so subjective. What makes a perfect poem to one reader or critic might not appeal at all to another. Edgar Allen Poe is not on my list of A Star poets but there is absolutely no doubt of his wide appeal. In terms of style, wit, metre and melody I think Poe himself would not compare himself with the greats such as John Keats, William Shakespeare or William Butler Yeats or Eliot, but certainly in terms of imagery, power, atmosphere and narrative voice he stands out. His subject matter too is very insightful and bold - not many poets dared to venture into the dark depths of the human mind as far as he. "The Raven" is a marvellous study in bereavement/emotional trauma.

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I would have to say that Poe's stylistic and literary contribution in American thought is quite substantial.  His ability to create a sense of fear and dread in the reader at reading his work is fairly powerful.  It is difficult to find another writer of the time period that had such a strong grasp of the element of human consciousness that one would not want to discuss, nevertheless write.  The ability to create poetry and writings with the sense of fear as well as overall melancholy would help to establish Poe as one of America's most innovative writers.  In a brief literary tradition that did not possess other thinkers to model, Poe set a standard for how to write sad and frightening thoughts.  This is what moves Poe from a good talent to a great one.

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I believe he was an excellent poet, although he was very dark, and depressing, he was able to use words in such an artistic way to make you feel, or rather to express his feelings.

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