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.
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.
The refrain accomplishes this accentuation through its creation of an awareness of the inevitable; realizing that the raven’s response to any questions posed will be “Nevermore,” the character inquires about his lost love, the “rare amd radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore,” perhaps purposefully to experience further torture and anguish (95). Through "The Raven," Poe makes a personal, introverted hell strangely mesmerizing and tasteful to all. The Gothic tone of “The Raven,” as explained by Poe in his essay entitled "The Philosophy of Composition," has greatly influenced my own and presumably other readers understanding of literature with regards to probing of the realms of madness and melancholy. Poe's haunting linguistic descriptions, unnerving parallelism between his life and the poem, and alarming yet purposeful exploration of symbolism and situation, draws the reader into spheres of insanity which at once explores the soul and pleases the reader. Works Cited: Poe, Edgar Allan.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Raven" are two of Poe’s stories where atmosphere is an influential literary element. Conclusively, one of Edgar Allan Poe's considerable masterpieces was the ability to create awry characters. Besides the unreliable narrators in many of Poe’s stories, Poe had an inclination for adding psychological or physical conditions and disorders to many of his stories. A mental disorder in characters is so typical in Poe’s work that readers familiar with enough of his stories tend to question the sanity of the characters automatically.
Additionally, it is the combination of the old and the new text within a narrative. This may be the reason why Poe’s short story includes alterations and Hawthorne’s novel includes an important note at the center of his novel. Kopley helps by reinforcing this idea: “The Providence Tradition, two symmetrical halves of a literary work, suggesting the Old Testament and the New Testament” (Kopley). Edgar Allen Poe became one of the most influential authors in regards to Gothic Literature. His short stories leave readers with a sense of uneasiness due to his vivid descriptions of horrifying, supernatural, and psychological stories.
Scholars have bestowed upon Edgar Allan Poe, the mantle of "horror writer" a crown which does him a great injustice considering the great variety of works that he wrote and the passion which drove him during his writing. It is this passion that is evident in "Israfel." The Poem itself draws heavily on Arabian and Oriental literature, subjects which fascinated Poe. (Allen 249) Supernatural elements, which are strong in all of Poe's works and a basic concept of all the Romantics, are represented here, as well as heaven itself. The poem is mystical in nature and a praise of inspiration, which is represented by the angel Israfel, who dwells in heaven and sings so beautifully that the stars themselves have to stop and listen.
“The Raven” tells a story about an unnamed narrator whose beloved Lenore has left him. A raven comes at different points throughout the poem and tells the narrator that he and his lover are “Nevermore.” Poe presents the downfall of the narrator’s mind through the raven and many chilling events. By thorough review and studying of Edgar Allan Poe’s work, one can fully understand the single effect, theme, and repetition in “The Raven.” Many literary critics have observed and noted the use of single effect in Edgar Allan Poe’s works. In “The Raven,” Poe chooses single effect as a dominant attribute to the poem as a whole. Edgar Allan Poe is widely recognized for his use of darkness in many of his works.
The one-eyed cat comes back as a ghost that is determined to reveal the evil deeds of the man. Similarly, in The Premature Burial, the vast number of victims who have suffered the fate of being buried alive depicts immense horror. At the end of the story, the narrator is horrified to find that he has been buried alive. Horror is also depicted in The Cask of Amontillado by the brutal chaining and burying of Fortunato. The Premature Burial is a horror short story with the subject matter of being buried alive.
Even some of the works that are about love, involve some sort of twisted necromancy, such as in “Annabel Lee.” His focus on death was extreme, as he explored all aspects of it including the act itself, the burial (sometimes premature), and the subsequent mourning thereafter. Much of this likely had to do with the unfortunate and often tragic losses he dealt with throughout his life, and just as many of his characters often face the loss of their sanity, so does it seem to be the case with Poe. Works Cited Piggush, Yvette, Edgar Allen Poe, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography,18, 2, 2010. Quinn, Arthur, Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography, Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press, 1998.
The term gothic is often portrayed as dark, mysterious, horrific, and suspenseful. During the eighteenth and nineteenth century gothic writing became a successful genre in the world of fiction. Many fictional works during this time period were gothic and known for being dark and creepy leaving the reader in a state of pleasing terror. Edgar Allan Poe became one of the most popular gothic poets of his time, and mostly known for the unusual and disturbing themes throughout his poems. A common theme throughout his two works, “The Raven” and “The Cask of Amontillado”, was sanity and where the narrator lacked thereof.