Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson Compare and Contrast Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson, Compare and Contrast

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe are two of the biggest poets in American Literature from the 1800s. They had many things in common from their writings about death and sadness, because of their unfortunate losses in life, to the fact that they were both born in Massachusetts. They were also different in many ways. They were different in the way they looked at life and wrote about their experiences from it. While it is obvious they had many differences, they also had many things in common from their lives to their styles of writing making them amazing writers.

Both Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson had many similarities and differences in their lives itself.
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Emily lost her cousin whom she was very close to and considered her a very close friend. Edgar lost his mother and his dad also left at a very young age which affected him tremendously also. Since they both lost loved ones it influenced the things they wrote about, which is why they both wrote about death as much as they did. Because Poe and Dickinson lost loved ones in the beginning of their lives it made them the writers they became. Edgar Poe and Emily Dickinson both isolated themselves from the world because of the loved ones they lost and because they were afraid of death. Emily isolated herself by hiding out in her house. Poe isolated himself not by hiding out but by keeping his feelings in. The topic of death was obviously of great interest to both of them, which was an uncommon trait in literature at the time. Poe wrote about not understanding death and about what happens afterwards. Dickinson just wrote about death itself, and the many ways you can die. They both were incredibly criticized when publishing their work. They also had difficulties getting out the original copies due to alterations before publishing to fit the “rules of literature” at the time.

Another interest of these great American poets was how they both felt the need and the passionate want to feel loved. Poe was considered a big part of the American Romantic

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