Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe And Emily Dickinson

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Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson were phenomenal Early American poets whose poems were in some ways similar in subject matter. However, they were a world apart in writing styles, and they both shared a common thread known today as Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression. According to the description on Bipolar disorder is “Alternating moods of abnormal highs (mania) and lows because of the swings between these opposing poles in mood and a type of depressive disease. Sometimes the mood switches are dramatic and rapid, but most often they are gradual. Mania often affects thinking, judgment, and social behavior in ways that cause serious problems and embarrassment”. Mania includes increased energy, feelings of grandeur, intense happiness, irritability, sleeplessness and excitement. Depression on the other hand may include but is not limited to anxiety, melancholy, crying, and thoughts of suicide and death. Having Bipolar Disorder can also bring a heightened ability towards creativity in some individuals, as research is now finding out. Even though bipolar disease was not known during the time of these writers, you can look to their poetry and lives to see that they were suffering from the disease. They are well described today as tortured geniuses. In an article in The Baltimore Sun they quote that Dr. Jamison in “Touched With Fire” as writing "[T]here is strong scientific and biographical evidence linking manic-depressive illness and its related
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