Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Madness of Poe

"Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream"
asked Edgar Allan Poe.

How clever and rational was Poe
heard a raven speak it would seem.
could it merely have been his dream?

did death and horror occupy this dream?
Maybe he was tormented, this Poe
or somewhat mad it would seem.

It would seem the dream to be a muse for Poe.

**this is a post for One Shot Wednesday, a great place for poets.  Visit the link to submit a poem or to simply read some fantastic poems by some pretty terrific writers.  This week, I was checking out some poetry forms and decided to try a form called Tritina ( I think it may also be known as a Sonnetina).  It was challenging...still not sure about the last line...but it was fun to try.


  1. nice play on poe...i rather like him, but i need a dictionary to read him at times...will have to check out that form..nice one shot!

  2. I've often wondered about Poe and horror writers in general - where do they get their inspiration from? Is it from nightmares they had? or is it an overly imaginative, somewhat warped mind? Yeah, maybe they're mad, tormented... like you say.

    Nice one shot.

  3. he was a great writer...writing was probably the only sanity he got...helped him from going totally mad...with everyone dying around him from TB...he leaves us with wonder...may his weary soul rest..(great one shot...you have people thinking...)...bkm

  4. I'm not much of a poet, but I think the last line is the best! And the picture just ties it all together. Very intriguing one shot.

  5. Whatever poetic form you used was terrific!
    I really liked this. I'm going to do a little research on the subject, and maybe try it...

  6. Very nice, Tritina... need to check that now...

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  7. A meta-cognitive poem about Poe's idea of perception. Thought provoking One Shot, Caty! cheers

  8. Love Poe. Love what you've done here. Love and Light, Sender

  9. Poe loved crows
    dark for me or you
    for him they were friends not foe...

    ode to un-punctuated verses

  10. smart one,
    love your work,
    admirable entry.

  11. i agree with jingle and all, i enjoy Poe..eventho he is hard on times,i particularly like the idea of trying to read beyond his lines, creative one shot it is..:)

  12. some of the greatest talents sometimes seemed to be a bit mad or even mental ill - think about composers or mathematicians as well
    great poem about poe!

  13. REally enjoyed this one even though, I must confess, I know little about poe.

  14. I liked this. Good use of form and effective in calling up most people's first "favorite" poet. It might be the short stories that draw the early teens in their thrill seeking but they nearly all find some validity in Poe's poems when a little older and if only they can move on a bit to Dickinson and Frost then they're poetry readers for life. Those stages need careful guidance I think. My grandkids are at that stage now! Loved this. Thanks,
    Gay (@beachanny)

  15. its poe...i'm sold...seriously though a good question..thanks for sharing with one shot..cheers pete

  16. I am a big fan of the symbolic use of famous personages; my favorite is Thomas de Quincey personally, but I love Poe as well. Saw your link via 1SP and wanted to check it out... very glad I did! Thanks for the great poem, and if your interested (shameless non-1SP plug) check out http://caribbeanfool.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/el61/ That's my take on the same subject from a while back. Anyhow, loved the poem,


  17. Nice. I'm a fan of Poe myself. He had to have been a tortured soul.


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