Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Village Street  - 1903
Edgar Allan Poe
12 stanzas, 72 lines
genre  -  poetry
my rating  -  4 out of 5 stars

In 1903, P. F Collier & Son published a five volume collection of Poe's work.  Included in the 5th book is the poem The Village Street.   

A young man takes a walk one evening with a "gentle, silent maiden" at his side.  "Pallidly the moon was shining" and "the elm-leaves whispered" during the stroll.  All was fine until the gentleman "told his love". 

It's a lovely, descriptive poem.  I had no trouble visualizing the scene, smelling the flowers and hearing the distant music of the sea.  Poe was definitely a master at writing.

I was pleased to find a reading of the poem on Lit2Go

About the author  -

Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809, the second child of English-born actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe, Jr. His grandfather, David Poe, Sr., had emigrated from Ireland, to America around the year 1750.

His father abandoned their family in 1810, and his mother died a year later from consumption. Poe was taken into the home of John Allan, a successful Scottish merchant. The Allans served as a foster family and gave him the name "Edgar Allan Poe",though they never formally adopted him.

In 1827, Poe released his first book, a 40-page collection of poetry, Tamerlane and Other Poems.  After his early attempts at poetry, Poe turned his attention to prose.  The Baltimore Saturday Visiter awarded Poe a prize in October 1833 for his short story "MS. Found in a Bottle". 

Poe became assistant editor of the Southern Literary Messenger in August 1835.  The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket was published in 1838. In the summer of 1839, Poe became assistant editor of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. He published numerous articles, stories, and reviews, enhancing his reputation as a trenchant critic that he had established at the Southern Literary Messenger.

On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, need of immediate assistance".  He died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning.

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