The story follows an unnamed narrator who lives with his cousin and aunt in “The Valley of the Many-Colored Grass”, an idyllic paradise full of fragrant flowers, fantastic trees, and a “River of Silence”. It remains untrodden by the footsteps of strangers and so they live isolated but happy.
The best thing about this tale is that it is sort of a mix between horror tale and a romantic tale. But it is far from Edgar Allan Poe’s best tale / story. This tale is sort of a true love story mixed with a lots of horror elements in it.
The writing style is okay, sentimental and for the most part pompous. Some people will love the writing style in this tale and some will hate it.
Morella and Ligeia are related to this story in some way or another. So if you liked it then maybe consider reading these two as well.
Ending in this one really surprised me because most tales written by Edgar Allan Poe doesn’t have happy endings but this one had.
For the most part this tale is all about true love which makes it to a unique story written by Edgar Allan Poe. This story is a love story told in the form of prose poetry.
The descriptions in this story is amazing. However the most interesting description was of the valley where the narrator lives along with the girl he loves.
It is also important to say that this story have sort of a autobiographical touch to it. Because it has couple of links to Edgar Allan Poe’s personal life.
Even though that this story revolves around true love, you will not miss the gothic and horror-ish elements in it. But for the most part this story is emotional, chilling, and involves the question “is it ok to fall in love after the death of your first love?”
I give this story 1 / 5