Before going into a detailed analysis of Poe’s literary techniques, it is important to understand that bi... ... middle of paper ... ... old man’s heart, eventually leading the narrator to a break down and insanity (Hemsworth). This story was diverse and a bit controversial at the time it was written, but yet again, Poe finds just the right words to create this feeling of tension and suspense within each reader. Edgar Allan Poe stands today as an inspiration to any American writer. Although Edgar Allan Poe had a depressing life, there are so many things that any fervent writer can learn from. His techniques are something to admire and learn from, and his skillful use of literary devices such as irony in The Cask of Amontillado, repetition in “The Raven”, and creation of suspense in The Tell-Tale Heart are all things that have helped develop the American writer into the figure that it is today.
Have you ever met someone so creepy, yet so fascinating, that you just wanted to get to know him more? Edgar Allan Poe wrote many stories and poems that usually ended sadly. He drank excessively, was known as a dark man, and tended to write stories of horror. Poe is one of the greatest authors in all of history because of his love for gothic themes, his passion for romance, his influence on detective stories, and his interesting characteristics. To begin with, Poe was a great author of his time period because of his passion for romance.
Many historians and literature enthusiasts have presumed his volatile love life as the source while others have credited it to his substance abuse. The influence of his one-of-a-kind writing is more than likely a combination of both theories; but the main factor is the death of many of his loved ones and the abuse which he endured. This, not surprisingly, darkened his perspective considerably. Before the age of three, Poe was already an orphan after his Mother dying and his Father walking out on them (Frank 56). Poe was too young to remember his Mother since her death occurred when he was very young, but later in his life he grew resentful for being raised as a foster child.
Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting poems and morbid stories will be read by countless generations of people from many different countries, a fact which would have undoubtedly provided some source of comfort for this troubled, talented yet tormented man. His dark past continued to torture him until his own death. These torturous feelings were shown in many of his works. A tragic past, consisting of a lack of true parents and the death of his wife, made Edgar Allan Poe the famous writer he is today, but it also led to his demise and unpopularity.
Many teachers refer to Poe, while teaching poetry. Many famous poets now refer back to Poe as an inspiration for their love of the poetry.The work of Poe is a clear indication of his mastery of language,along with his preoccupation of the dark side of human nature. “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality” (Edgar Allan Poe). Furthermore, as the Father of the Modern Detective story, Edgar Allan Poe made his mark on the world of literature. Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809, and lived a depressed life until dying in Baltimore in 1849 after being found unconscious in the street.
By this time however, he had written and printed his first book, Tammerlane, and Minor Poems (1829).2 After a few months though, John Allan and Poe were reconciled. Allan arranged for Poe to be released from the army and enrolled him at West Point. During this time, his fellow cadets helped him publish another book of poetry. However, John Allan again did not provide Poe with enough money, and Poe decided to leave this time before racking up any more debts Still, Poe had no money and necessity forced him to live with his aunt, Mrs. Clemm, in Baltimore, Maryland. None of his poetry had sold particularly well, so he decided to write stories.
He took the poem on tour, thrilling audiences with his impassioned reading” (Bloom). By far Poe’s most famous work up until that point, the now known writer published “The Philosophy of Composition”, an essay that gives insight into the mind of Poe as he writes. While not only where the topics covered by Poe unique for his time, his style of writing stuck out as strange to many. He “has admitted us, in one of his essays, to the genesis of “The Raven” and has even told us which stanza he wrote first, and on what mechanical principles…” (Hannay). While this almost mechanical element is considered by many critics to be Poe’s greatest weakness, it instead provides the readers with an idea of how he viewed sorrow and depression.
Poe wrote a lot when he was in the army, which in its entirety, directed him to his destiny; writing. He soon realized that military life was not for him, and decided to get himself kicked out of his military college; West Point. Events in Poe’s life also led to the way he thought much differently than others. Poe states in one of his j... ... middle of paper ... ...enal poet who received credit where it was due and till this day continues to amaze the different fields of literary arts, and was a brilliant man whose life was shaped by the tragedies and tribulations caused by rough childhood and the death of many loved ones. Works Cited Edwards, Clifford.
Although Poe's writings changed the world of literature, his personal life was a struggle. Born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, Poe was the son of traveling actors. He had an older brother and a younger sister, making him the middle child of the family. At the age of three, Poe's biological mother died and his father abandoned the family. Despite this misfortune, up-scale tobacco merchants John and Frances Allan raised Poe in Richmond, Virginia while his other siblings left to live with other families.
Henry went to live with his grandparents while Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan and Rosalie was taken in by another family. John Allan was a successful merchant, so Edgar grew up in good surroundings and went to good schools” (Giordeno). Before Poe became a writer he was enrolled in the army at eight teen years old, but he did not stay long her was soon dismissed. Poe was very poor while he was living and did not become famous until after his death in 1849. He is most famous for writing border line horror stories and poems.