Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's Life

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Throughout the many works that Edgar Allan Poe has written in his lifetime, whether the work is a poem, novel, analysis, or critique, Poe has incorporated many reoccurring themes that define him as a writer. A theme that has brought much criticism upon Poe is his Classicist aspect of writing. Poe was very clear and detailed when he wrote in prose. This way of writing proved him to be somewhat of a rebel and veered off the beaten path when it comes to form. In Poe’s time the Gothic style was not well appreciated, yet when writing prose fiction Poe was highly dependent on his Gothic trappings. Poe also used a lot of Gothic machinery in order to symbolize the states of minds of characters (Unrue 113-114). What Darlene Harbour Unrue is trying to get across is that Poe was an outcast when it came to literature because he was so far of the grid of popular writing. He held true to his Classic and Gothic viewpoints that shaped the plot, setting and outcomes of his works. Darlene Harbour describes Poe to be a man who was “miserable in solitariness, indifferent to primitivism and nature, and disliked the limits of subjective perspective” (113-114). This statement alone supports the idea that Poe was not like the common, mainstream writers and had a different view on the way of writing in his day and age. A main aspect of Poe’s classical writing is the act of dying. Poe incorporates this aspect many times throughout his works. The use of classical and neoclassical materials has taken…
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