Be Still My Beating Heart

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Be Still My Beating Heart

Having read the great many works of Edgar Allan Poe in my short lifetime, I am befuddled with the ideas of who Poe is and why he wrote such aberrant works. Looking into the stories of “The Mask of The Red Dead” and “The Cask of Amontillado”, Poe writes of morbid and even ghastly death, tenebrous scenery, and grave misfortunes. Is Poe an evil and foreboding soul? Letters have been written and the great detective writer’s mystery needs the case to be cracked to interpret the truth here in; the writings are a great key to answers of the riddle. Is his works evidence of his sorrow or just the brilliant mind of the forefathers in Dark Romanticism?

If you look into the timeline of Poe’s writing and cross reference the details of the works with the life he is leading, you will understand more in depth the reality of the man, the myth, and the legend. Poe wrote his feelings into the works. He was not absent of heart or soul. He was not evil and maliciously unjust. Poe was born in 1809, his mother and father both died within three years of his birth. Taken into a new family, one of which he was never entirely welcome, he lived a life searching for happiness, wealth, and success of being. As if his private life was not enough concern for Poe, he was absolved from his engagement when his fiancé took up another man, “Humiliated by his poverty and furious with Allan for not providing enough funds in the first place, Poe returned to Richmond and visited the home of his fiancée Elmira Royster, only to discover that she had become engaged to another man in Poe’s absence. The heartbroken Poe’s last few months in the Allan mansion were punctuated with increasing hostility towards Allan until Poe finally storme...

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...ithout the suffering he endured we would not have the works of today. To have the strength he possessed and write with dignity, it is the beauty of the man’s caliber and grace of his definition. Poe was not a madman, but a mad man. Angry and enlightened he was a powerful force of immortal prose left for the world to remember eternally.

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Editor, Poe Museum. "The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe." 2010. Poe Museum. 16 March 2011 .

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—. The Mask of The Red Death. 1842.
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