Edgar Allan Poe, one of the world’s most renowned poets, was born on January 19, 1809. Edgar Allan Poe did not have the easiest childhood. Poe’s mother passed away when he was two years old, which led to him and his two other siblings being separated. Poe would end up being raised by a man named John Allan. John Allan was a wealthy man but never supported Poe financially. When Poe grew up he developed a drinking problem, which caused him to drop out of college. Soon after, Poe joined the army and began to climb the ranks. After leaving the army, Poe moved to New York in 1831 and began his journey as a struggling writer. Poe had no friends, no job, and had financial problems. However, his work started to be published gradually. Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works are often known for their dark and eerie tone.
A Look at the Life and Writings of Edgar Allan Poe: The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be the master of the short fiction in Literature. His works seem to be based upon his tumultuous relationship with his stepfather. Grolier's Encyclopedia tells us Poe like his stepfather was an orphan at an early age. It also tells us Poe was reared by John and Frances Allan. He left the country for his early childhood schooling and returned to the United States in 1820. Grolier's says in 1827, he was estranged by…...
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The “Cask of Amontillado” is a horror story about revenge. It is by Edgar Allan Poe and also the “The Tell-Tale Heart” is written by him. He writes in a way that is scary and afraid. He wrote many short stories and very famous for them because of how scary they are and how unique his stories are. Also “The Fall of the House of Usher” is also one of this stories that we will be comparing today. They all…...
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"The City in the Sea”, by Edgar Allan Poe, starts off by setting the mood for the rest of the poem by starting giving death life, which allows Poe to access his preferred theme. Poe has written many gothic works. The story is not set in a realistic setting but is placed in a romantic land that gives off a feeling of mystery. The City in the Sea is a rewrite of Poe's earlier poem called, The Doomed City. This…...
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Authors from the early time have big influences on modern day writers. Edgar Allan Poe set the bar on how fantasy, science fiction, horror stories, and detective fiction should be told. “His works have influenced writers as diverse as Stéphane Mallarmé, Flannery O'Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, and Joyce Carol Oates. His tales, in particular, have had an impact on three major mystery forms”. Before Edgar Allan Poe became so influential on writers, he overcame a lot of struggles that affected his…...
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Who is Edgar Allan Poe? To many people he is one of America's greatest influential writer of the nineteenth century. He made great contributions to literature, that till this day still continue to prosper. Poe wrote poetry although he is most famous for his short stories in particular his gruesome, suspenseful, and mysterious tales. He knew how to captivate an audience with his choice of words and his vivided ability to describe the setting and events so well. Till this…...
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Horrific. Suspenseful. Mysterious. These are all characteristics of Edgar Allen Poe's writing. Poe made many stories that all related to his life in some way. They are all eerie and attention grabbing. Three style elements that Poe uses in his writing are mood, foreshadowing, and symbolism. These are things that make Poe a unique writer. One way that Poe's writing unique is the fact that the moods of his stories are dark and mysterious. For example, in one of his…...
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Dark, obscure, psycho, loner, scintillating, emotional, mysterious. Those are all words that describe Edgar Allan Poe. To truly understand this prolific poet, one must start from the very beginning of his life. We must look deeply and take into account the things that influenced his life, such as the many women that were close to his life who passed away, his alcoholism, and his psychology. His tragic experiences with women and his substance abuse contributed to the darkness of his…...
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Death can be a tragic situation for most people living on this earth. There will be times where people ignore the word “death” and try to avoid it. But what is our response to someone who is about to die or when we hear the word death? Many times people are very sad and feel some kind of depression from their love ones; especially when someone had died in a recent time. Although there are those who think in a…...
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The Romanticism era originated in Europe towards the end of the 18th century and was a reaction to the Age of Reason. This new time born some of the greatest writers still known today: Washington Irving, Nationiel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allen Poe. Some of the traits of Romanticism that these writers included in their works was: focus on self/individual, the fascination with the supernatural, and yearning for the picturesque or exotic. Edgar Allen Poe was a phenomenal poet and short…...
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My research paper will cover the infamous Edgar Allan Poe. Going into detail about who he was as a person, where his work ethic came from, his name originated from and how he was discovered for his famous work. His name is Edgar Allan Poe. Before his name included “Allan” he just went by Edgar Poe. Edgar Poe was born January 19, 1809 and was raised in Boston Massachusetts and was known to be the second child to Eliza and…...
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Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19,1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe didn’t have an easy childhood, his father left him with his mother, his mother died from tuberculosis, before Poe became 3, he became an orphan, and he was adopted by Frances and John Allan. In 1827 Poe publish his first poems “Tamerlane”, he became known for writing gothic poems and stories. Poe uses mood, point of view, and imagery to emphasize death. Mood stands for emotion in a…...
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Edgar Allan Poe was a man who had passion and talent for literature. He was a writer, editor, and critic from the Gothic Era who dug deep in the human heart. Although he lived a dark past, he still had the ability to look at the positive aspects of life. The tragedies that occured during his childhood, his heartbreaks, the death of loved ones, and his bad habits led him to produce quality short stories. Poe was born on January…...
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Anti Transcendentalism in the Literary Works of Edgar Allan Poe 1
Anti-Transcendentalism in the Work of Edgar Allan Poe Life and death are concepts that are widely known by men and women of all cultures. Many pieces of literature are written about these topics since they are well known but not everyone understands the meaning of living and dying. Death seems to be the tougher of these two concepts to be discussed. This is most likely due to the fact that once a person dies they are gone forever. While many…...
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Edgar Allan Poe is an American author best known for his works “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado”. His works may seem more frightening or dark than other stories you’ve read, but most of them, the inspiration comes from his life or other stories he’s heard. His writings were mostly from his imagination/ dreams he had. Edgar’s dark and unfortunate life helped create many of his most beloved tales. The Raven is one such poem written in 1845,…...
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We have fought with our internal identities, yet we never envisioned it getting as worst as William Wilson. “William Wilson” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The story is about a man that thinks he no longer has a purpose on this earth. William struggles to understand his identity in the story. He states “Let me call myself, for the present, William Wilson. The fair page now lying before me need not to be sullied with my real…...
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“We loved with a love that was more than love.” This quote was written by one of the most famous poets man has ever known. Edgar Allan Poe lived from 1809 to 1849. Within this time period there was love, pain, and unexpected events that affected his family, his career and even the cause of his death. Poe’s family history has a lot to do with his deranged way of writing. At a young age he already went through one…...
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Edgar Allan Poe is an American gothic author who wrote many poems and stories with dark and picturesque scenery and mood. His most famous titles include, The Raven, Annabelle Lee, and The Cask of Amontillado. They are all examples of scary and mysterious American gothic books. The Raven is Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem. It is very mysterious, confusing, and filled with grief.. The basis of the poem is a raven flies into the room of an unknown author…...
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The “Tell Tale Heart” is a well known short story that was written by Edgar Allan Poe. This story is one of the many examples that displays his writings of death and misery as most of his stories are about. The main characters of the story include the narrator, and the old man, both who are never presented a name. In this story, the narrator murders this old man in his sleep over the presence that the old man’s ‘Evil…...
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The American writer, Edgar Allan Poe, is known for short stories, such as ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’. These stories are described as disturbing, even in modern-day society, almost 200 hundred years after having been written. By using a variety of literary devices such as personification, sibilance, imagery along with the use of punctuation, these disturbing stories classify as ‘enjoyable horror’. From the first paragraph of ‘The Fall of The House of Usher’, Poe…...
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The Reversal of Transcendental Philosophy in “The Fall of the House of Usher”
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The most famous poem by Edgar Poe The Raven was first published on January 29, 1845, on the pages of the New York daily “Evening Mirror.” The work quickly gained popularity within the English-speaking society and during the lifetime of the author was reprinted eighteen times by both American and English editions. The classic version was the publication on September 25, 1845, in the “Richmond Semi-Weekly Examiner.” The Story of Creation Already the name of the poem itself prepares the…...
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Poe’s Life Experiences and Poetry
Poe’s life and experiences are what influences his style of writing and become his trademark. Poe became a famous writer posthumously and his works are celebrated and analyzed. In his works, Poe demonstrates a talented use of language and technique to captivate his audience and display original idea. Poe’s works follow various rhyme schemes and are sometimes in free verse. The topics Poe wrote about were unconventional during his time. However, his works inspired French Symbolists. Edgar Allan Poe’s poems have a common theme of darkness and loneliness throughout them. The themes of darkness and loneliness can be explored and connected to Edgar Allan Poe’s life in his works of Alone, The Valley of Unrest, and Spirits of the Dead.
Poe served in the army and has experienced such things firsthand. Death will always be a constant as long as there is war or something to destroy it. “The Valley of Unrest” displays the costs of war such as abandonment and an emptiness that is left from death. Poe uses symbolism through “ The Valley of Unrest”, “In the midst of which all day/ The red sun-light lazily lay,” (Poe 7-8). The red in the sun symbolizes the blood that is being spilled though war. Poe states that the sun is up all day in order to imply that there is a vast amount of blood. Edgar Allan Poe connects life and death in relation to how the sun and the stars are connected. The sun will always set and it will always rise. This implies that because the red sun rises every day, blood will be spilled every day. This also states the inevitability of death. It is known that death will always be there and because of war it is abundantly present every day, just like the burning sun. In contrast, the stars symbolizes life and peace. Stars are not always apparent and are covered by the clouds. A person may not be able to see the stars but it is an understanding that they are there. The sun however is always out, even if covered by a cloud it is still apparent to the eye. Just like during a war, the deaths is the major story and concentration. There are countless deaths and it becomes overwhelming and it is the main focus.
Death and War Themes
However, just like the stars, there is life in the war. There are people that come together and national heroes are made. The war will have survivors and people to tell its story, but the story will be about those who have died and not have a focus on those who lived to tell the story. Just like the rest of the world, Poe’s concentration throughout the poem is the destruction and death. Poe informs the readers of the countless soldier that are lost and unidentified, “over three lilies there that wave and weep above a nameless grave,” (Poe 23). There are countless lives that are taken because of war and not all can be identified. Those souls go to the valley of Unrest. They have no one to mourn for them and are lost souls. This statement does not only apply to Poe’s time but to current time as well. Just like the sun, stars, and war, a nameless grave will always be a constant. The nameless soldiers can also be connected to “ Spirits of the Dead”.
The souls mourn for the loss of life and those left on earth may mourn for the one they lost without proper closure. Poe’s mention of the lilies is also another use of symbolism. The lilies represent the fragility of life. The sun and moon were left to watch over the flowers, meaning that either death or peace could take life. Flowers are fragile just like life, and war will destroy anything in its path. Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Spirits of the Dead was first published with the title of “Visits of the Dead” in his 1827 collection of poetry, known as Tamerlane and Other Poems. The poem itself is considered to be one of Poe’s most personal writings. He uses personification to help set an atmosphere for the readers that is eerie and dark. The poem is about two lost souls, one that has passed away and the other is the souls that were left on earth to mourn. Poe ended up marrying his cousin Virginia Clemm. Virginia Clemm played an important role in Poe’s life and her death, at the young age of twenty-five, affected him tremendously. It was his wife’s death that led him to write about the dead and question the aspects of an afterlife. His wife’s death left him alone and left him to continue to wallow in the loneliness he has felt his whole life. The poem itself follows the two perspectives of Poe and Virginia. Another popular interpretation of the poem is that it is a dialogue between Virginia Clemm and Edgar Allan Poe. The poem’s central themes are mourning and feeling lost. Both souls are lost without each other and both have to mourn for one another.
Description of Mourning
Poe also touches base on the process of mourning and the feelings one can have, or perhaps the feelings he had when mourning for his wife. A central theme in Spirits of the Dead is a feeling of being lost and alone. The poem begins with the stage of sadness, “Thy soul shall find itself alone,” (Poe 1). This is the first line of the poem and it is ironically the first thought that one may have when losing a loved one and is unclear as to which soul is being mentioned. The soul of the departed is now alone and disconnected from the living. The soul left on Earth is now without the one they loved. Poe has lost everyone in his life, from his siblings, birth parents, step-parents, and now the person he loved. Poe’s literary work also states the feeling of being lost and that mourning is an action that takes over. Both spirits that are written about are dead and in mourning.
Poe is mourning for his lost love, and that loss has caused him to feel as if he were truly dead. This shows the impact that Virginia Clemm had on Edgar Allan Poe and how the only way he could continue to write about his love is through talking about the dead. Poe also uses imagery to depict the stages of mourning, “As a burning and a fever Which would cling to thee forever,” (Poe 17-18). The stages that are presented throughout the poem are sadness, anger, and then surrender. Poe uses the fever two depict the anger that is felt from losing his wife and the lack of understanding. Death is inevitable, however, it is avoided for as long as possible. It is not understood as to what happens after death. Poe’s anger comes from his wife being taken from him and not knowing what will happen to her. As expressed in his previous works, such as “Alone”, Poe has felt alone and alienated his whole life and that loneliness is what leads him to question what happens after death. As the poem comes to a close, the mood changes to a sense of surrender.
Theme of Loneliness
This is the last stage in Poe’s mourning process. Poe surrenders to the anger of not knowing and being mad at the world for its unfairness. In doing so, he surrenders to his destiny that he will lose those around him and forever have the demon of loneliness with him. Edgar Allan Poe is a influential writer and his works share a different perspective. Each of his poems has an element that can be tied to each other. Both “The Valley of the Unrest” and “Spirits of the Dead” can be connected through their shared theme of death, afterlife, and loneliness. In “Alone” the theme of loneliness is what connects it to the two other works and to Poe himself. The feeling of loneliness in Poe’s works is the source of the dark atmosphere.
Being alone is what led Poe to see the world differently and to share his views of a dark world. “Spirits of the Dead” shows the steps of mourning. It also shows a personal side to Poe and how the loss of his wife affected him. “Alone” shows Poe looking back on his childhood and tells how the demon of his past will forever be with him. “The Valley of the Unrest” shows what Poe has experienced and seen during war, and tells the readers of its cost. Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works show connections to his life and his thoughts and the common theme in his works and life was being alone.