Edgar Allan Poe was a crazy. We all know this. His poetry does, in my opinion, show an immense capacity for love. (Read Annabel Lee or For Annie.) But most of his short stories are just immensely, delightfully creepy.
He was pretty amazing, too, and it’s worth talking about. He ventured into poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, which is fairly rare.
Certain stanzas of Poe’s poems or lines from his stories can really hit you; make you sit back and think about your life.
Here are 13 quotes in which Poe was the wonderful weirdo we all know and love:
(Don’t worry, none of these are the basics. I tried to go a little lesser known. You won’t see any of the “dream within a dream” stuff.)
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”
“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
“Invisible things are the only realities.”
Loss of Breath
“I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind”
“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.”
The Poetic Principle
“Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die.”
“I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.”
The Telltale Heart
“There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.”
The Masque of the Red Death
“That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.”
Poems and Essays
“In the Heavens above, the angels, whispering to one another, can find, among their burning terms of love, none so devotional as that of ‘Mother.”
What about you?
What’s your favorite Poe quote or poem?