Deep into that Darkness Peering: Exploring the Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Deep into that Darkness Peering: Exploring the Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe


In his Philosophy of Composition, Edgar Allan Poe asserted that beauty—which he closely associated with loss, grief, and death—was the "sole true poetical thesis" and that melancholy was "the most legitimate of all the poetical tones." 

With the master of Dark Romanticism as our guide, we'll journey deep into its realm—obsession, supernatural forces, flawed society, death—exploring its themes in Poe's work and as subjects for our own. We'll experiment with literary devices employed in The Raven, Annabel Lee, and The Bells such as parallelism, repetition, and alliteration while generating four new poems.

October 1-28, Online

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Teaching Artist


Kim Noriega

Kim Noriega is the author of the poetry collection, Name Me published by Fortunate Daughter Press. Her poems have appeared in textbooks, journals, and anthologies including: American Life in Poetry, Paris-Atlantic, Split Lip, and The Tishman Review. She was the winner of San Miguel Literary Sala’s 2017 Flash Nonfiction Prize, a finalist for the 2017 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize, and one of 30 poets selected to collaborate with 30 film artists as a part of the 2018 Visible Poetry Project.

Ms. Noriega teaches children, teens, and adults in public libraries and recovery homes and was a finalist for the 2017 Toyota National Family Teacher of the Year Award. She lives in San Diego where she heads San Diego Public Library’s family literacy program. More at