The Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe: 25 Essential Poems (The Illustrated Poets Collection #3)

The Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe: 25 Essential Poems (The Illustrated Poets Collection #3)

In this gorgeous collection, twenty-five of Poe's most beloved works are each illustrated with stunning, full-color collage artwork.

Poems include "The Raven," "The Bells," and many others. Brief commentary and helpful definitions accompany each poem, making The Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe among the most accessible--and beautiful--introductions to Edgar Allan Poe available.

From the Introduction:

SUGGESTION 1: Enjoy the poems. This seems far more important than trying to puzzle out what the author meant (or what other people believe the author meant).

SUGGESTION 2: Engage with the poems by asking questions....

SUGGESTION 3: Be your own boss. Read the poems in order or jump around as you see fit. Share them or savor them all by yourself. Say them aloud or whisper their words in your heart.

Poetry makes life better.

There is NO wrong way to experience a poem. So, read on, dear friend.

And thank you for choosing poetry.

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School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up--This title is third in a series of illustrated books that encourage readers to enjoy, engage, and experience poetry. Organized into three parts--"Love and Longing," "The Great Beyond," and "The World Fantastic"--each poem is accompanied by a study guide divided into the three areas of "Engage," "Imagine," and "Define," with nonverbal icons representing these concepts. Vocabulary words in bold are defined adjacent to the text. Study questions reference biographical and historical context; narrative form; and poetic devices, such as symbolism, metaphor, rhyme, repetition, rhythm, meter, allusion, and mood. The selected works include well-known and lesser-known titles and challenge the notion that all of Poe's poems are macabre or gothic, although many are characteristically melancholic. Famous works like "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," and "Lenore" are combined with obscure titles that may surprise and excite readers. The marginalia is gracefully integrated into the overall design, with colorful full-page collages that emphasize the narrative. Decorative endpapers and foliate borders connect the visual concepts, leaving no white space, but do not detract from or obscure the text. The charming illustrations effectively capture a Victorian aesthetic and the essence of Poe's verse, evoking concepts of beauty, death, love, and loss. Profuse back matter includes fun facts and commentary, a bibliography, and suggested reading, although a pronunciation guide is not included. With appealing design, engaging text, and extra material for classroom use, this book would please readers of all ages who enjoy the works of Edgar Allan Poe. VERDICT A welcome addition to school and public libraries.--Rebecca Jung

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2023
The Illustrated Poets Collection
BISAC categories
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
JNF007030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
Library of Congress categories

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