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Reading classics – Edgar Allan Poe

I haven’t really read in a while. I never really found the time in the last couple of weeks, which is exactly why I’m trying to make up for it by starting to read again this week. And on top of my want-to-read list right now is our¬†leather-bound copy of “The complete tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe”¬†. It’s a really big, really thick book and it would probably take me a year to finish, but a tiny dose everyday can’t hurt.

What I’ve read so far: The introduction (basically a brief summary of edgar’s life, which is not as boring as I thought it would be) and a few poems, which surprisingly are not scary or wrapped up in death and somehow kind of romantic, but still really good.

Here are a few of my favorite lines so far…

I have no word-alas-to tell
the loveliness of loving well

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And she would mark the opening skies
I saw no heaven-but in her eyes

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I have been happy, tho’ in a dream.
I have been happy-and I love the theme:
Dreams! in their vivid coloring of life,
As in that fleeting, shadowy, misty strife
Of semblance with reality which brings
To the delirious eye, more lovely things
Of Paradise and Love-and all our own!
Than young Hope in his sunniest hour hath known

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What could there be more purely bright
In Truth’s day-star?