The Poetry and Prose of Edgar Allen Poe

analytical Essay
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2189 words

Art is in everything. Artists can be experts with a paintbrush, phenomenal with piano or a master of their pen. Authors and poets have a chance to manipulate words like no other artist can. Poets in particular can use their words to encompass different kinds of art by painting a picture with lyrical rhythm and imagery. Poets may be common, but for their poetry to be timeless it must be universally relatable. Edgar Allen Poe is regarded as one of the most famous poets in American history due to his well renowned debauchery, gothic tales of terror, and poems which are taught in schools and still analyzed today. Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts in the early nineteenth century. It is well known that Poe endured a difficult life, and tragedy began at an early age. At three years old, he witnessed his mother’s death (Bloom). Then, he was taken into custody of the Allen family who remained his benefactors until he attended the University of Virginia. However, Poe did not remain at the university past 1826 because his foster father would not pay off a debt that Poe had, and he also would not pay tuition (bloom). From the University, Poe traveled back to Massachusetts where he joined the army. It was in the army in 1827 that Poe published his first work, called Tamerlane and Other Poems under anonymous (Merriman). Not long after his first publication, tragedy struck again. His foster mother died in 1829, the same year his second book was published. It was only two years later that Poe met his future wife while living with his aunt and his brother. Henry, his brother, died of tuberculosis just like their mother did soon after Poe moved in (Merriman). The next few years, Poe published several works and became an editor at th... ... middle of paper ... .... 117-120. EBSCOhost. Web. 11 Apr 2012. Forsythe, Robert S. "Poe's "Nevermore": A Note." American Literature 7.4 (1936): 439-452. JSTOR. Web. 15 Apr 2012. . Caputi, Anthony. "The Refrain in Poe's Poetry." American Literature 25.2 (1953): 169-178. JSTOR. Web. Moldenhauer, Joseph J. "Murder as a Fine Art: Basic Connections between Poe's Aesthetics, Psychology, and Moral Vision." Modern Language Association 83.2 May 1968. 284. JSTOR. Web. 16 Apr 2012. Broderick, John. "Poe's Revisions of "Lenore"." American Literature 35.4 January 1964. 506. JSTOR. Web. 11 Apr 2012. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that artists can be experts with paintbrushes, phenomenal with piano, or a master of their pen. poets can use their words to encompass different kinds of art by painting pictures with lyrical rhythm and imagery.
  • Explains that edgar allen poe was born in boston, massachusetts in the early nineteenth century. he was taken into custody of the allen family, who remained his benefactors until he attended the university of virginia.
  • Analyzes how poe's disenchantment with humankind fueled his resentment, which made him the "father of the detective story".
  • Explains that poe chose and favored several other themes that reoccurred in his poetry and represented his experiences. these included pride, death, love, beauty, imagination, self-destruction and madness.
  • Analyzes how roderick usher, egaeus, metzengerstein, and even dupin look like sisters because he always takes the story of his own life as a starting point.
  • Analyzes how poe's themes were reoccurring, and how his fascination with psychology led him to use themes like self-destruction and madness in his poetry. canada explains that the right cerebral hemisphere is the center of vivid imagery, music, emotions and "self-destructive urges."
  • Analyzes how poe's poems contain repeating themes that showcase the effect of different tragedies in his life. lenore reflects the tragedy of dying young and represents hypocrisy because of the people.
  • Analyzes how poe's poem "lenore" is a prime example of the reoccurring theme of death of young, beautiful women.
  • Analyzes how poe conveys the infinite struggle to find the meaning of life through dialogue, symbolism, and rhythmical organization.
  • Analyzes how "the bells" showcases a variety of poetic devices alongside his typical expressive, dramatic poems.
  • Analyzes the reasons for edgar allen poe's death, which have been debated by authors and critics for years. his mystery left a mark on literature with his eloquent prose, visible in stories as well as "sherlock holmes."
  • Cites canada, mark, and canada's work on edgar allen poe at the university of north carolina at pembroke.
  • Analyzes freedman, william. poe's the raven. explicator 57.3 (1999): 143.
  • States that du bois, anthony, "the jazz belles of poe." national counil of teachers english 2.3 (1940): 230-244.
  • Describes reuben, paul p., "chapter 3: early nineteenth century - edgar allan poe." pal: perspectives in american literature.
  • Analyzes rothstein's "for poe, this has been the year to die for." new york times, 1 december 2009.
  • Explains bloom, harold. edgar allan poe : comprehensive research and study guide. chelsea house publishers, 1999.
  • Narrates tresch, john's "the potent magic of verisimilitude": edgar allan poe within the mechanical age.
  • Explains that edgar allan poe-biography was published in the literature network.
  • Analyzes wren, celia, "descents into the maelstrom." american theatre, 20.8 october 2003, 117-120.
  • Explains poe's "nevermore": a note. american literature 7.4 (1936): 439-452.
  • Explains moldenhauer, joseph j., "murder as a fine art: basic connections between poe's aesthetics, psychology, and moral vision."
  • Explains that poe's revisions of "lenore" were published in american literature 35.4 january 1964.
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