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Mr. Caldwell English II: The Prose & Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe  

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Library Books which may be on RESERVE

Several books about Poe and his literature have been placed on a RESERVE cart for all of Mr. Caldwell's English II's students.  These books cannot be checked out because they have to be available to many students.  There may be much more on Poe's works on our shelves or in our Reference section of the library.

Fables of the Mind
Call Number: 813 POE DAY

Readings on the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
Call Number: 813.3 POE HAU

Readings on Edgar Allan Poe.
Call Number: 813 POE

From Puritanism to Postmodernism
Call Number: 810.9 RUL

Edgar Allan Poe, Modern Critical Views
Call Number: 813 POE BLO

Short Story Criticism
Call Number: R 813 SHO, vol. 22
Look in the index of volume 22 of this orange set of reference books for Poe. It will direct you to the volume that discusses Poe in depth. Ask for help if you get lost.


A Non-Famous Poem by Poe


by Edgar Allan Poe
(published 1875)


From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were -- I have not seen
As others saw -- I could not bring
My passions from a common spring --
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow -- I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone --
And all I lov'd -- I lov'd alone --
Then -- in my childhood -- in the dawn
Of a most stormy life -- was drawn
From ev'ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still --
From the torrent, or the fountain --
From the red cliff of the mountain --
From the sun that 'round me roll'd
In its autumn tint of gold --
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass'd me flying by --
From the thunder, and the storm --
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view --

[Poe wrote this poem in the autograph album of Lucy Holmes, later Lucy Holmes Balderston. The poem was never printed during Poe's lifetime. It was first published by E. L. Didier in Scribner's Monthly for September of 1875, in the form of a facsimile. The facsimile, however, included the addition of a title and date not on the original manuscript. That title was "Alone," which has remained. Doubts about its authenticity, in part inspired by this manipulation, have since been calmed. The poem is now seen as one of Poe's most revealing works.]

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  • Bloom's Literary Reference (Criticism)
    After logging in, choose the link "Bloom's Lit..." on the left. Go to "Advanced Search." On this database you should search with the title of a short story or poem of Poe's. For example: on search line under "With exact phrase" you could enter "The Black Cat (not one of your allowable choices)." On the Results page, click on the tab "Analysis & Criticism."
  • EBSCO Literary Reference Center (Critical Analysis)
    After log-in you will see five links, choose "Literary Reference Center." Next, choose the link "Advanced Search." You now will enter keywords and combine them for a search strategy. What you are doing is combining concepts...REMEMBER..the concepts are based upon YOUR CONCLUSIONS about the story or poem. For example: Enter "Poe" in the first line AND "symbolism" on the second line. On Results page, click on the Tabs for "Literary Criticism" and "Periodicals." Now, try your own strategies based upon your understanding of the story and/or poetry you have selected..
  • Literary E-books Owned by Burns Library
    Search this database for our e-books by using the author or the short story.

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