The Autobiographical Elements in the Works of Edgar Allan Poe

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The Autobiographical Elements in the Works of Edgar Allan Poe

"There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportions" (Biography on Poe 8). Edgar Alan Poe endured a very difficult life and this is evident in his literary style. He was once titled the "master of the macabre." One of the aspects in his life with which he struggled was social isolation. He used this as a topic in a number of poems and short stories.
Poe's life was also filled with periods of fear and irrationality. He had a very sensitive side when it came to the female gender, any woman he was ever close to died at an early age. Another of his major battles, actually the only one he really lost, was his struggle with alcoholism. Of all these
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It began when his father left him at the age of two and never returned, thus he never had a real father role in his life. A second contribution to his attraction to females evolved from his deep love for and close relationship with his foster mother whom he adored much more than his foster father. Poe's closest friend, Virginia Clemm, was also his cousin and his wife. Poe's works were greatly influenced by his deep admiration for the female gender. In "The Raven", the narrator was extremely distressed over his lost
Lenore. In the poem, "Elizabeth," Poe had a secret hidden message. The message spelled out the name "Elizabeth Rebecca" using the first letters of each line moving down, vertically. This poem was a tribute to one of his lost loves. A tribute to his foster mother was found in, "To Her Whose Name is Written Below."
In this poem, Edgar used the second letter in each line to spell out "Frances
Sergean Rosgood." He also wrote a poem entitled, "Lenore" to his lost love,
Virginia. This poem spoke about how beautiful she was, how young she was when she died, and also how he mourned for her. In, "Annabel Lee," written to his beloved Virginia, Poe states, "This maiden she lived by no other thought than to love and be loved by me." Edgar Allan Poe had a genetic tendency toward alcohol. His cousin viewed alcohol as the "curse of the Poes'." Disregarding much warning, he began to drink as a young
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