Edgar Allan Poe

The Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Volume 1

    b8524119199has quoted4 years ago
    man was more than proportionately broad, giving to his entire figure a rotundity highly absurd. His feet, of course, could not be seen at all, although a horny substance of suspicious nature was occasionally protruded through a rent in the bottom of the car, or to speak more properly,
    Anna Chaplyginahas quoted4 years ago
    Mr. Poe has two of the prime qualities of genius, a faculty of vigorous yet minute analysis, and a wonderful fecundity of
    imagination.
    Anna Chaplyginahas quoted4 years ago
    On the whole, it may be considered certain that Mr. Poe has attained an individual eminence in our literature which he will keep. He has given proof of power and originality. He has done that which could only be done once with success or safety, and the imitation or repetition of which would produce weariness.
    Anna Chaplyginahas quoted4 years ago
    His imagery was from the worlds which no mortals can see but with the vision of genius.
    Anna Chaplyginahas quoted4 years ago
    He combines in a very remarkable manner two faculties which are seldom found united; a power of influencing the mind of the reader by the impalpable shadows of mystery, and a minuteness of detail which does not leave a pin or a button unnoticed.
    Anna Chaplyginahas quoted4 years ago
    He was at all times a dreamer-dwelling in ideal realms-in heaven or hell-peopled with the creatures and the accidents of his brain.
    Anna Chaplyginahas quoted4 years ago
    Great wits are allied to madness only inasmuch as they are possessed and carried away by their demon, While talent keeps him, as Paracelsus did, securely prisoned in the pommel of his sword.
    Anna Chaplyginahas quoted4 years ago
    Genius claims kindred with the very workings of Nature herself, so that a sunset shall seem like a quotation from Dante, and if Shakespeare be read in the very presence of the sea itself, his verses shall but seem nobler for the sublime criticism of ocean.
    Anna Chaplyginahas quoted4 years ago
    No man of mere talent ever flung his inkstand at the devil.
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