Chronological List of Poe’s Poems



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This chronological index of Poe’s poems assigns entries based on the earliest date that can be established. As this date is often the date of publication, the sequence given does not necessarily reflect the order in which the poems were actually written, and a chronology of this sort is inherently conjectural. Poe revised several of his poems many times, and most of these revisions are not reflected here. Where at least one text is known, an appropriate link is provided. In printing revised versions, Poe changed the titles of several poems, which poses a bit of a challenge when listing titles. In the present list, the earliest title is given, with subsequent titles noted parenthetically. For titles which were used for more than one poem, a quote from the first line is provided to allow one to be distinguished from another. Titles given in square brackets have generally been assigned to the poems that were written without a title, or at least were given a title by someone other than Poe himself.


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~~ 1822 ~~

  • “[Epistola ad Magistrum]” [no text]

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~~ 1823 ~~

  • “[early satire]” [no text]
  • “[Farewell to Master Clarke]” [no text]

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~~ 1824 ~~


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~~ 1825 ~~


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~~ 1826 ~~

  • “[Translation from Tasso]” [no text]
  • “[experimental verses]” [no text]

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~~ 1827 ~~


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~~ 1829 ~~


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~~ 1830 ~~


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~~ 1831 ~~

  • Israfel” (POEMS)
  • Irene (The Sleeper)” (POEMS) (although first published in POEMS, a manuscript of about March 1830 has recently surfaced)
  • The Valley of Nis” (POEMS) (Later “The Valley of Unrest”)
  • The Doomed City” (POEMS) (Later “The City in the Sea”)
  • A Paean” (POEMS) (later heavily revised as “Lenore”)
  • “[Epigram from Pulci]”

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~~ 1832 ~~


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~~ 1833 ~~

  • The Coliseum” (published in Balt. Sat. Visiter, Oct 19, 1833)
  • To Elizabeth” (“Woulds‘t thou be loved . . .”) (later “To Frances S. Osgood”)
  • Enigma (on Shakespeare) ” (published in Balt. Sat Visiter, Feb. 2, 1833)
  • Serenade” (published in Balt. Sat. Visiter, April 20, 1833, but mentioned in April 13, 1833 issue)
  • To —” (“Sleep on . . . “)
  • Fanny” (published in Balt. Sat. Visiter, May 18, 1833)
  • [Latin Hymn]

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~~ 1834 ~~

  • “To Mary Starr” [no text]

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~~ 1835 ~~


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~~ 1836 ~~


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~~ 1839 ~~

  • “The Trumpet Reveillee”
  • “[Motto for William Wilson]”
  • The Haunted Palace” (published in “The Fall of the House of Usher” - Burton‘s, Sept. 1839)
  • “[Couplet from the Fall of the House of Usher]”
  • Sonnet — Silence

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~~ 1842 ~~

  • “[Motto for the ‘Gold-Bug’]”
  • The Conqueror Worm
  • Lenore” (POEMS) (heavily revised version of “A Paean”)

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~~ 1843 ~~

  • “[Hexameter]”
  • “[Motto for the Stylus]”

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~~ 1844 ~~


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~~ 1845 ~~


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~~ 1846 ~~


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~~ 1847 ~~


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~~ 1848 ~~


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~~ 1849 ~~

  • The Bells
  • Eldorado” (published in the Flag of Our Union, April 21, 1849)
  • For Annie” (MS sent to Annie Richmond)
  • To My Mother” (in a letter of Feb. 08, 1849, Poe mentions that the Flag of Our Union buys sonnets. The poem may have been bought by April 28, 1849, by which time they had ceased to pay for contributions.)
  • Annabel Lee” (mentioned in a letter of May 1849)

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