The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe



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The following list contains at least one entry for all ninety-seven of what may properly be designated as Poe’s poetry. A few entries exist for items without any surviving text, but are included for the sake of completeness. Also, because Poe often revised his work, sometimes quite heavily, the same poem might have been printed under more than one title. In the case of multiple titles, all of the titles have been listed, with an indication of the later name. (See, for example, “To Elizabeth.”) A few poems share similar titles, such as “To Helen” — for these poems, the first line has been provided to allow for distinguishing one poem from the other. In addition to these items that are assigned to Poe’s pen with confidence, one or two doubtful items have been included because they were at one point suggested by a credible authority as possibly having been by Poe. (In the list below, they are noted as “doubtful.”) Also included is Poe’s only play, “Politian,” which is written in a verse form. Although Poe himself considered Eureka to be “a prose poem,” for this website it has been placed in what seems to be the more suitable category of an essay. Readers should also be advised to see several of Poe’s essays on poetry, including “The Philosophy of Composition” and “The Poetic Principle.” Information on a number of German translations has been graciously provided by Roger Forclaz.

The most widely recognized scholarly edition of Poe’s poems is the volume edited by Thomas Ollive Mabbott, published in 1969, just after his death: The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 1: Poems (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press).

 


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The Collections and Books:

During his lifetime, Poe published four collections of his poetry. A posthumous collection, edited by Rufus Wilmot Griswold, incorporates some additional manuscript changes, although Griswold did not have access to a few other important corrections and is therefore less than definitive. These collections are listed chronologically. Poe also sent Griswold revised versions of several poems for his important anthology of American poetry, which ran through many editions. Within each of the following items, there is descriptive information as well as a list of poems which links to the appropriate text.

 


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The Poems:

These items are arranged alphabetically by the name of the poem. Within each name, the items are listed chronologically. A few poems were published by Poe under more than one name, or under a name assigned by later editors. These poems are listed under the name most commonly used.

 


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~~ A ~~

  • An Acrostic
  • Al Aaraaf
  • Alone   (“From childhood’s hour, I have not been . . .”)
  • Alone   (“O! I care not that my earthly lot . . .”) (original title of “To M—”)
  • Annabel Lee

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~~ E ~~

  • “[Early Satire]”   [no text]
  • Eldorado
  • Elizabeth
  • Enigma  [On Shakespeare]
  • An Enigma  (Sarah Anna Lewis)  (written about November 1847)
  • [Epigram for Wall Street]  (rejected)
  • “[Epigram from Pulci]”
  • “[Epistola ad Magistrum]”  [no text]
  • Evangeline  (title assigned to the longest of what are sometimes called “Model Verses”)
  • Evening Star
  • “[Experimental Verses]”  [no text]
  • Eulalie

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~~ H ~~


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~~ I ~~


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~~ L ~~


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~~ M ~~

  • May Queen Ode
  • [Model Verses]  (generic title of examples composed for “The Rationale of Verse,” including one called “Evangeline”)
  • “Monody on Dr. Olmstead”  (doubtful)
  • “[Motto for ‘The Gold-Bug’]”
  • “[Motto for the Stylus]”
  • “[Motto for ‘William Wilson’]”
  • The Messenger Star (alternate title apparently used by Poe for his 1845 Boston Lyceum reading of “Al Aaraaf,” from ATMP, 1829)
  • The Mysterious Star (special title introduced by Mabbott for revised version of “Al Aaraaf,” from POEMS, 1831)

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~~ P ~~

  • A Paean
  • “[Parody on Drake]”
  • Preface  (original title in ATMP of “Introduction” from POEMS, and later called “Romance”)
  • Poetry
  • Politian  (a dramatic stage play in verse)

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~~ R ~~


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~~ T ~~

  • Tamerlane
  • To —  [“I heed not that my . . . “]  (alternate title of “To M—”)
  • To —  [“I saw thee on the bridal day . . .”]  (alternate title of “Song”)
  • To —  [“Not long ago, the writer of these lines . . .”]   (alternate title of “To Marie Louise”)
  • To —  [“Should my early life seem . . .”]
  • To —  [Elmira] [“The bowers whereat . . . “]
  • To ——  [“Sleep on, sleep on, another hour . . .”]
  • To ——  [Violet Vane]
  • To Elizabeth  (early title of “To F——s S. O——d”)
  • “[To Elizabeth Winchester — Impromptu]”  [no text has survived]
  • To F — —  (later title of “To Mary” and “To Frances”)
  • To F——s S. O——d  [Frances Sargent Osgood]
  • To Frances  (later title of “To Mary” and earlier title of “To F——”)
  • To Helen  [“Helen, thy beauty is to me. . .”]
  • To Helen  [Sarah Helen Whitman]
  • To Ianthe in Heaven  (early title of “To One in Paradise”)
  • “To Irene”  (possibly by Poe)
  • [To Isaac Lea]  (rejected)
  • To M—  [“I heed not that my . . . “]
  • To M. L. S———  [Marie Lousie Shew] (written February 14, 1847)
  • To Margaret
  • To Marie Louise [Shew]
  • To Mary  (original title of “To Frances”)
  • “[To Mary Starr]”  [no text has survived]
  • To Miss Louise Olivia Hunter  (rejected)
  • To My Mother  (later title for “Sonnet — To My Mother”)
  • “[To Octavia]” (rejected)
  • To One Beloved  (early title of “To One in Paradise”)
  • To One Departed  (alternate title of “To Frances”)
  • To One in Paradise
  • To the River ——  [Po]
  • To Zante  (later title for “Sonnet — To Zante”)
  • “[Translation from Tasso]”  [no text]
  • “The Trumpet Reveillee”  (possibly by Poe)

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Bibliography:

  • Campbell, Killis, ed., The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Boston: Ginn and Company, 1917.
  • Edsall, Thomas, ed., The Poe Catalogue, Baltimore: The 19th Century Shop, 1992. (This catalogue includes a few reprints of material which are not noted elsewhere.)
  • Griswold, Rufus Wilmot, ed., The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: Volume II - Poems and Miscellanies, New York: J. S. Redfield, 1850.
  • Harrison, James A., ed., The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Volume VII - Poems, New York: T. Y. Crowell, 1902. (Reprinted by New York: AMS Press, 1965.) (This edition includes several poems which are no longer attributed to Poe.)
  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bilbiography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943. (The best overall bibliography of Poe, although it does contain errors and is somewhat outdated.)
  • Ljungquist, Kent P., “Poe’s ‘Al Aaraaf‘ and the Boston Lyceum: Contributions to Primary and Secondary Bibliography,” Victorian Periodicals Review (Fall 1995), 28:199-216.
  • Ljungquist, Kent P., “Some Unrecorded Reprints of Poe’s Works,” ANQ, Winter 1995, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 20-22.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Volume 1 - Poems, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969. (Second printing 1979.) (This is the definitive edition of Poe’s Poems. Many of the more obscure items are available only in this collection, which also contains extensive notes.)
  • Poe, Edgar Allan, Tamerlane and Other Poems, Boston: Calvin F. Thomas, 1827. (Facsimile reprint by T. O. Mabbott, ed., New York: Facsimile Text Society, 1941. There are also other facsimiles of this edition, some of which may be mistaken for an original.)
  • Poe, Edgar Allan, Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems, Baltimore: Hatch and Dunning, 1829. (Facsimile reprint by T. O. Mabbott, ed., New York: Facsimile Text Society, 1933.)
  • Poe, Edgar Allan, Poems, New York: Elam Bliss, 1831. (Facsimile reprint by Campbell, Killis, ed., New York: Facsimile Text Society, 1936.)
  • Poe, Edgar Allan, The Raven and Other Poems, New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. (Facsimile reprint by T. O. Mabbott, ed., New York: Facsimile Text Society, 1942.)
  • Pollin, Burton R., “A Posthumous Assessment: The 1849-1850 Periodical Press Response to Edgar Allan Poe,” American Periodicals, Fall 1992, pp. 6-50.
  • Quinn, Patrick F., ed, Poetry and Tales, New York: The Library of America, 1978. (A good basic collection, although there are errors in some of the texts.)
  • Stovall, Floyd, ed., The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Charlottesville: The University of Virginia Press, 1965. (A fine collection, second only to Mabbott’s.) (The volume was reprinted in 1977.)
  • Whitty, James H., ed., The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911. (Revised and expanded in 1917.) (This edition contains several poems which are no longer attributed to Poe.)

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