Edgar Allen Poe’s The Complete Tales and Poems

Overview: I’m sure everyone has heard of Edgar Allen Poe. After all, a few of his stories and poems have been made into movies in the early days of Hollywood. This just happens to be a complete collection of his works.

Story Telling: Well, we have poetry, some science-fiction, a few horror, and –surprise!– Mr. Poe put out a few detective stories.

Dislikes: Outside of the gore in the horror ones, most of these stories made no sense to me. It’s almost as if Mr. Poe was playing brain games with his audience.

Likes: For the most part, our antagonists got what was coming to them.

Favorite Stories: “The Man That Was Used Up” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” were pretty good.

Conclusion: I don’t know what to make of Mr. Poe’s work. For someone with the reputation of either being loved or hated, he really didn’t leave much of an impression on me. Must be a matter of tastes.

Edgar Allen Poe’s O Tempora! O Mores!

Um, I’m not sure how to review a poem, so please bear with me. I know how they say you’re supposed to review poetry. But, I tend to disagree. There isn’t enough time to learn so much, about the author’s times and lifestyle, for such a short work.

Overview: Based on the title, it seems that this poem is supposed to be discussing both time and morals. The poem is split along those lines.

Likes: Mr. Poe didn’t mix the time section of this poem with the moral section.

Dislikes: Both ideas of time and morals seem too big to share a poem. It seemed like neither idea had much time to be delved into.

Conclusion: This one was a bit confusing. This isn’t a good start for my education on Edgar Allen Poe.