Edgar Allen Poe: His Life and His Work

1764 WordsOct 8, 19998 Pages
In human nature there exists a morbid desire to explore the darker realms of life. As sensitive beings we make every effort to deny our curiosity in the things that frighten us, and will calmly reassure our children that there aren't any creatures under their beds each night, but deep down we secretly thrive on that cool rush of fear. Despite our efforts to maintain a balance of respectable emotions, we are a society of people who slow down to look at traffic accidents and find excitement in the macabre. We turn off the lights when watching scary movies, and when it's time to go to bed, we secretly make sure the closet doors are shut. Fear keeps our hearts pumping and endorphins rushing, for it is an emotion that reminds us of our…show more content…
The psychological analysis in "William Wilson" is an excellent and frightening exploration of split personality two generations before Freud" (Edgar Allan Poe- The Life of a Poet). <br> <br>In his ever-popular poem "The Raven", Poe takes his readers through the heart of misery with an overcastting shadow of terror. The narrator is a man home alone at night lamenting the loss of his love Lenore. As he reads and nods in and out of sleep, a rapping at his door wakes him, eventually leading him to the infamous Raven. While he at first seeks to understand this black and mysterious bird, momentarily forgetting about the death of Lenore, he is suddenly struck with the idea that this bird is sent from either Heaven or Hell. Does it send word of Lenore? Can it tell him where her soul now resides? As it perches on the bosom of Pallas, goddess of wisdom, only one word will escape its beak: "Nevermore". Instead of bringing peace to his broken heart, it only seems to breed more anguish. Reflecting the narrator's soul the bird will fly ‘nevermore', becoming a permanent resident of his home, alongside anguish and torment. Poe's apt description of the pain and terror that this man is experiencing demonstrates his love of words and their power to control the human heart. <br> <br>Poe seems to delight in using all the language that he can possibly fit into one sentence. Perhaps a look at comparative sentences would help to illustrate this. In Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," the
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