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by Edgar Allan Poe,Christopher Aruffo

POE ON POETRY: The author reveals his craft in the structure of story, the creation of Beauty, the role of the critic, and the mechanics of verse-- including a complete, step-by-step explanation of how he wrote his most famous poem, The Raven.

Included on 5 discs:

The Philosophy of Composition The Poetic Principle The Rationale of Verse Old English Poetry American Poetry American Novel Writing ..and 7 more!

Total runtime 5 hours, 13 minutes.

Download Edgar Allan Poe Audiobook Collection 4: Poe on Poetry epub
ISBN: 0976143585
ISBN13: 978-0976143581
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Edgar Allan Poe,Christopher Aruffo
Language: English
Publisher: Acoustic Learning Inc (September 15, 2007)
ePUB size: 1286 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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What is wonderful about this collection and its follow up, "Eureka," is that someone took the time to ferret out the lesser known among Poe's works. Should you search for Poe audiobooks, you'll be glutted with Ushers and Black Cats and Pits and Pendulums.

There is never a shortage of Masques of Red Death, but such an immense portion of Poe's oeuvre is so neglected that an unbalanced view of the man continues to predominate. The moody, drunken creator of Berenice just also happened to write penetrating, witty essays on a variety of topics. To ignore these is to ignore the peculiar, particular genius of Edgar Allan Poe.

His wit is on display in essays on how artists starve ("Pay of American Authors") as well as further investigations into the literary life ("American Novel Writing," "The Magazine Prison-House," and "Literary Small Talk"). In others ("The Poetic Principle" and "The Rationale of Verse") he exhorts writers to better composition.

While his intellect was wide-ranging, these essays, focused by selection, are a delightful peek into the mind that created some of American literature's enduring masterpieces. Perhaps the key essay in the set is "The Philosophy of Composition," in which Poe sets out his working habits and the means by which he produced the most famous American poem of the nineteenth century, "The Raven."

The real star of these pieces, though, is narrator, Christopher Aruffo. Actor and voice teacher/coach, Aruffo delivers Poe's words in a warm, lower-end baritone that practically curls up snugly inside your ear. A very comfortable, accomplished reader, Aruffo manages the tricky task of making dry, academic literary essays accessible to the general listener. Too often while I've listened to abstruse, philosophical audiobooks, the text has gotten away from me, and I've come back to the point only when the author made rather dramatic claims.

Not so here. Aruffo's fantastic delivery nails down Poe's intricate sentence structure and sometimes apparently wandering thought process. There is never a chance of losing the thread of a complex thought as Aruffo keeps us on track with his emphatic rendering of Poe's argument.

A must for any serious collector of Poe or even for those with a taste for more than the same old same old Poe audiobooks, Aruffo's collection brings to welcome light some too-long obscure pieces and fills a gap too long allowed to remain.
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When listening to Poe's essays in which he discourses on aesthetics and poetry in the abstract, I chuckle. And I appreciate that Christopher Aruffo reads these essays with just the right tone of bombast and earnest judgmentalism for what I imagine Poe to have been thinking as he wrote them.

Then, when I hear the dismissive single-word reactions in other essays ("Doubtful" in response to a claim about a steam engine), I again think that Poe was a hypercritical and very sincere blowhard.

And then I hear the essay "The Philosophy of Composition", in which Poe analyzes and shares in exquisite detail the exact steps, methods, and goals that went into the creation of _The Raven_. At this point, my jaw hangs open a little, as I realize that all of that bombast and judgmentalism---which in anyone else would be baseless arrogance---was the frustration of a genius who desparately and sincerely wanted the rest of the world to come up to his level. He didn't criticize other works out of malice; he criticized other works because he wanted to share his insight into how the world could be more beautiful, more enlightened... more true.

It likely goes without saying that _The Raven_ is one of the most timeless, classic works of poetry ever written. The essay in which Poe describes precisely how he created this poem must be considered as one of the most timeless, classic works of nonfiction. I have never encountered a piece that does so much to make clear how the process of artistic creation works. Christopher Aruffo does this piece justice, not just by reading it well but by also reading the surrounding pieces well, setting the stage for this masterpiece essay.