by Edgar Allan Poe
US poet, critic and short story writer. Poe is best known for his macabre horror stories including The Fall of the House of Usher, The Gold Bug and The Black Cat (1842). His key poems include Lenore (1831), The Raven (1842), Ulalume (1847). He also wrote some critical essays including The Philosophy of Composition (1846), Time and Space (1844) and The Poetic Principle (1850), and a novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (1838). Poe had a great influence on a number of writers including Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne.
How shall the burial rite be read?
Her friends are gazing on her,
They loved her for her wealth -
They tell me (while they speak
Or that my tone should be
But she is gone above,
Of the dead - dead who lies
Thus on the coffin loud and long
Thou died'st in thy life's June -
From more than fiends on earth,
Therefore, to thee this night