“The Complete Stories and Poems” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

This single volume brings together all of Poe’s stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history. 

So this one is a complete works of Edgar Allan Poe which were realised. 

Let me just say it that I love the edition which I got which is super style-ish and looks extremely good in my bookshelf. It looks all fancy and I really love it.

I’m not gonna review each poem and story which is in it because if I did we would be here for at least 2 whole weeks.

I had so much fun reading this book because every poem and story had something in it. And every poem as well as story had the big gothic vibe into it which I love like nothing else in the world.

I read this book in one week which is very fast for me because this book has over 900 pages (at least the edition which I got) which is a lots to read if you want to read it in one week.

I love this book because it involves every Edgar Allan Poe poem and story which means I didn’t need to buy multiple books to read every work of Edgar Allan Poe.

This book is completely worth buying it because it Edgar Allan Poe we are talking about and who doesn’t love Edgar Allan Poe?

If I gonna have kids one day, this would be the book I would force them to read no matter what. 

Every poem and story in this book has a creepy, gothic, and thrilling vibe to it.

I give this book 4 / 5

“The Valley Of Unrest” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

This poem is about being “inspired” by the suffering loss that he felt and the sadness of war. 

The whole theme of this poem is that it speaks about the independence of nature together with its unique world, untainted by humans.

This poem sort of falls into the latter category. I can see why and how some of you might enjoy this one. But for me this poem didn’t work.

This poem is sort of romantic mixed with the dark and gothic part which we all love dont we? 

The writing is good as you can expect from Edgar Allan Poe.

The final line will probably send chills down your spine. 

I give this poem 1 / 5

“FAIRY LAND” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

The poem is about Edgar Allan Poe and his hardships in his life currently. It was written in a time when he had a gambling and drinking problem at the military academy in the United States.

So another poem I didn’t really enjoy. But it was again better than other poems and stories from Edgar Allan Poe which was review on this blog in the past. 

For me this poem was for the most part a way for Edgar Allan Poe to show off his prose without any real point to it.

The writing style was decent and the gothic and dark part was present in this poem. Which I’m very thankful for.

I give this poem 2 / 5

“To The River” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

The poem is about a man encapsulated by the varied beauty of a woman. And how the lake is beautiful, for it is just a reflection of her beauty. And just like the river he too is beautiful, for he holds her image.

So we are here again talking about another quick and easy poem from Edgar Allan Poe.

The writing style was pretty okay but nothing to talk a lots about. But I was missing again the gothic vibe in this poem too.

The whole theme of this poem was pretty okay, but still it could have been better. Because I really had a hard time trying to focus on the story. 

I give this poem 2 / 5

“The Sleeper” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

The theme is transcendental love–that is, love for a woman so powerful that it extends into the afterlife in its concern for the well-being of the deceased woman’s soul.

So this one is another eerie and delightfully dark poem from Edgar Allan Poe. This poem is also mixed with a little bit of beauty. But still I once again were missing the gothic part in this poem.

The writing style wasn’t that great as in some other poems from Edgar Allan Poe. But I guess that it was for the most part pretty decent. 

There were a lots of times where I personally had a real hard time with trying to understand what was happening. 

This poem is far from Edgar Allan Poe best work but it is worth reading if you are a hardcore Edgar Allan Poe fan.

I give this poem 2 / 5

“Lenore” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

Guy de Vere cannot weep for his dead beloved Lenore. He gives an elegy in which he berates everyone for loving her wealth and hating her pride, suggesting that people had wished her ill and effectively killed her

This one was a somber poem. But I need to give it points for having the beautiful way into honoured her after she have died in the poem. 

As you can expect this poem is about the sorrow of losing the beloved ones which is pretty much a typical Edgar Allan Poe thing. However this poem is also about the consolation of believing that they left to better place.

The writing style was okay for the most part, however I personally were missing the gothic and dark vibe to it. 

This poem was also kind of like melancholy splendour. Or at least it give that kind of impression when I read it.

This poem is also good to show how Edgar Allan Poe have struggled with the deaths of many women in his life. 

This poem as a whole isn’t that great or it also could be me not liking most of the poems in the world.

I give this poem 2 / 5

“some accounts of stonehenge, the giant’s dance” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

This one isn’t a story but rather an historical article about Stonehenge written by no other than Edgar Allan Poe.

I need to say that this one is far from his normal dark fiction stories and poems Edgar Allan Poe is known for. But still it was actually much better than a lots of his other work which I have reviewed here and will probably review in the near future.

This whole piece was done pretty well and it sort of was informative as you could possibly expect from 1840 time. What I’m trying to say is that a lots of people during this time wasn’t on the top of the news, information and knowledge. 

This article was sort of flavoured with a fun little twist at the end. Which was that there are twenty dancing giants at stonehenge.

This one is pretty much a must read if you want to read Edgar Allan Poe, and it is definitely worth reading.

I give this poem 2 / 5

“Berenice” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

The tale is centered on the death of a young girl, named Berenice, and the mysterious visions of her cousin, Egaeus.

So it’s another story where the narrator becomes obsessed with his cousin Berenice’s teeth. Which is a unique take on a stalker story.

It wasn’t scary but there were moments where I was close to having chillis running down my back.

The writing style is pretty amazing. There is a huge gothic and dark vibe to it. Which I love but there is also a Halloween story vibe to it which I also love. 

This story also have an amazing display of symbolism, which I also Im a fan of. 

But the story as a whole wasn’t that good, but the small details in it was actually pretty good.

I give this poem 1 / 5

“King Pest” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

It is about the adventure of two drunk sailors who venture into a deserted part of the city, escaping without payment from the local pub

Need to say that this story remind me of The Hangover. If The Hangover happened in the 14th century London during the Black Death pandemic.

It was pretty interesting and fun to read, but there were a lots of things which I personally didn’t like or didn’t quit understand.

The writing style was good, but not as quit gothic and dark as you might expect from Edgar Allan Poe. But still it was good.

This story was good and quick to read, but still it could have been better than it was actually was. 

To be honest the entire story reminded me of something that Lewis Carroll would write and not something Edgar Allan Poe would write. 

For the most part it was written nicely with some black humour in it.

I give this poem 1 / 5

“Mystification” By Edgar Allan Poe Review

The story tells of the Baron Ritzner Von Jung who teaches a pompous and sneering duelist a lesson by using his pseudo-learning against him.

So another bad story from Edgar Allan Poem, so here again we are talking about a bad book from Edgar Allan Poe.

I suppose this first-person narrative is called ‘Mystification’ because one of the main characters but I sort of got a shady vibe from it which made the whole story to a bad story.

The writing style was again pretty decent but not the best. The writing style wasn’t good nor bad.

It wasn’t that interesting as everyone on internet claim it to be. Which is why I dont read most of the reviews online. Because they almost always disappoint me when I finally pick up the book.

I give this poem 1 / 5