He treaded the rich and sometimes dank soil of the Gothic and grotesque. His tales littered with distraught narrators, deranged heroes, and doomed heroines caused the atmosphere of his work to fall somewhere between a nightmare and hallucination (Edgar Allan Poe, 260). All of his fictions contain an evident irritation with the commonplace and a penchant for intellectual and emotional extremes (Conn, 133). Poe distinguished himself from many of his contemporaries and successors with his feverish search of perfection. To Poe literature was a serious vocation expressing the beauty and poignancy of life and to be effective required flawlessness.
Ejxenbaum quote Poe several times to give insight into how Poe created his unique and famous effects and moods. Poe was a master at creating effect, in most cases one of mystery and gloom, which drove his poems and short fiction. But he also was a storyteller, and like any good storyteller, he forms plots. And with those plots, he forms his moods and effect. Ejxenbaum sums up this idea with, 'The particular attention paid to the unexpected in the finale and, connected with it, a story structured on the basis of a riddle or and error which holds back the significance of the plot mainspring until the very end.
The Mind vs. the Undead The Romantic Era was a time when writers wrote with passion in relation to elements of writing such as the fantastic or supernatural, the improbable, the sentimental, and the horrifying. Edgar Allan Poe was one of the many writers who used elements such as these in his writings. Poe was famous for reflecting the dark aspects of his mind in a story, creating detailed imagery intriguing the reader. The fantastic and supernatural elements are expressed in The Premature Burial as impossible and in a sense, horrifying. The idea of people walking after their believed death is very extreme thinking in a world that seems normal.
Poe’s brand of humor is decidedly different than that which the mainstream contemporary audience is used to and can readily understand, but it is there if one cares to look closely. The style of Poe’s humor is not like that of the mainstream humorous writers in that he does not use the common comic strategies, but he instead “was able to turn his wit on the masses of society or their rulers with trenchantly satiric effect” by creating situations so ridiculous and outrageous that it becomes hysterical (Budd 133). Or as John Bryant says “he was a satirist specializing in burlesque, parody, and hoax. Humor was not his style, nor benevolence his manner; … Poe’s barbed humorous stories are driven by caricature rather than character” (88). Some of Poe’s more humorous stories are “How to Write a Blackwood Article,” and “A Predicament,” and maybe not so obviously “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” In a close look at “How to Write a Blackwoo... ... middle of paper ... ...er because “his well known theory of the short story consistently emphasizes the importance of each and every detail in constructing the effect that … an author of a short story has to have clearly in mind before beginning the task of composition” (Haugen 102).
There seems to be few attempts to look at the psychological causes of humor in Poe’s work, and how his personal life may have had an impact on his writings. Many of Poe’s tales are distinguished by the author’s unique grotesque ideas in addition to his superb plots. In an article titled “Poe’s humor: A Psychological Analysis,” by Paul Lewis, he states: “Appropriately it seems to me, that to see Poe only as an elitist whose jokes could not be grasped by a general audience is to sell him short. He does not deny this elitist side of Poe; but he holds for a broader, more universal less intellectual humor that screams out from the center of Poe’s work. (532) This article provides important insight to understanding the nature of the humor and its relationship to the overwhelming horror in some of Poe’s work.
The reader will write his own story in his head after bearing witness to what transpired. There are many elements and themes that can be utilized to analyze the way that Edgar Allan Poe uses the unreliable narrator. I want to focus on one aspect—love. Tragic love plays a big role in his oeuvre of works, such as in his poetry. Some of his most famous poems include “Lenore” (1843) and “Annabel Lee” (1849).
It is these elements, moreover, the logical deduction from the hypothesis and the testing of the other elements to prove consistency which are practically impossible for a writer of fiction to accomplish. Character, setting and nearly ever aspect of a novel are not mere observations of the physical world but are created in the subjective mind of the author. It must be conceded, then, that Naturalism, like most literary genres and movements is neither definitive nor rational. At most, it is an application of somewhat murky scientific values to fiction, and nothing more. If Norris' McTeague does not, then, produce a rational conclusion to hypotheses and experimentation in and scientific manner, what is the novel's function?
Edgar Allan Poe was a 19th century American poet, author, and critic. Poe is often described as a rebel against society and art-for-art's sake supporter who experimented in making his poems without didacticism and devoid of any meaning, but he is also respected as a genius in terms of his commitment to art and his ability to experiment with various forms of expressions (Fromm 304). In my opinion, Poe was not a rebel because he remained true to himself. Although he was influenced by traditional artists, he adapted this tradition to his personal being. Although he might have been perceived as a rebel against society because of his innovative views on the world, human beings, and poetry, I believe his work remains popular and influential today because he remained true to his style and personality.
Edgar Allen Poe, a creative mind who wrote about things that were truly mind-boggling seems to be confused about science, this new genre of education, which seems to be proving all that he knew about life to be false. His reality is now being doubted and challenged as this new science turns his whole world in a different direction. “To Science,” is a poem he wrote asking and trying to figure out what is happening as he personifies “Science” and questions it as if science was a human. Poets are generally the only one’s who can get away with personification. Poe’s poetic traits are both proven and challenged, as he beings to argue with a non-humanistic figure, while trying to fight for his imaginative state of mind, all while wanting his ideas to be proven true rather than being classified as false.
One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture -- a pale blue eye with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold, and so by degrees, very gradually, I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever. (Poe... ... middle of paper ... ...ers his past. In conclusion, “The Tell-Tale Heart” By Edgar Allen Poe, “The Temple” By H.P. Lovecraft, and “Survivour Type” By Stephen King all beautifully incorporate the motif of the narrator or protagonist losing their grip of reality over the expanse of the story.