The Life and Writings of Edgar Allen Poe

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"After reading all that has been written, and after thinking all that can be thought, on the topics of God and the soul, the man who has a right to say that he thinks at all, will find himself face to face with the conclusion that, on these topics, the most profound thought is that which can be the least easily distinguished from the most superficial sentiment" (Poe). This quote shows how Edgar Allan Poe’s perspective was very different compared to other writers during that time. Poe was an American short story writer, poet, critic, and editor who was famous for his cultivation in mystery and macabre. His success in his works may or may not have been because of his emotional and mental problems. Edgar Allan Poe was a writer whose works…show more content…
It was her final illness that inspired Poe to write “The Raven” (Wetli).
Edgar Allan Poe had a very unique writing style he wrote of Romanticism of the occult and satanic nature. “It owes much also to his own feverish dreams, to which he applied a rare faculty of shaping plausible fabrics out of impalpable materials. With an air of objectivity and spontaneity, his productions are closely dependent on his own powers of imagination and an elaborate technique. His keen and sound judgment as an appraiser of contemporary literature, his idealism and musical gift as a poet, his dramatic art as a storyteller, considerably appreciated in his lifetime, secured him a prominent place among universally known men of letters” (Edgar Allan Poe). Much of his work is based on terror and sadness. He did have some duality in his work. He was able to write about angelic figures or weird poetry, with a sense of rhythm and rhyme, or he wrote with beauty. Poe would usually include a problem with morbid psychology in his work (Edgar Allan Poe) Poe wrote primarily in the Gothic Genre. This was made popular in the 18 and 19 century by some British writers. Gothic is about horror, supernatural, and dark. Two examples of this genre is The Fall of the House of Usher and Ligeia. Poe was often fascinated about death and particularly women. Poe also was the father of the detective story, in which he inspired many other authors like Sir Author Conan Doyle who
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