Tragedies Influence Poe's Works

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Introduced by tragedies early in his life, Edgar Allan Poe became one of the most successful writers, poets, and storytellers to ever live. Edgar Allan Poe had the intelligence to do anything he wanted to do, however, the pain of losing his loved ones always seemed to drive him towards a pen and paper. His emotions never failed to show through his writings, which helped the story line touch the readers. Poe became very close to several different women but each would die shortly after he came to love them. This only pushed him to write more emotionally. Poe had a natural talent for putting his real life experiences into a fictional story and making it seem as if it were really happening. A mutual understanding towards many of Poe’s works is that the loss of a lover brings about insanity, but the truth is that in Poe’s works the loss of a young lover leads to depression. This is a theme that is played out in more than one of Poe’s works, but it is most prevalent in the depressing poem Annabel Lee. The speaker is conflicted with losing what is his whole world and his childhood lover. While all is well with both him and the girl alive, an insurmountable depression takes hold once the winds blow out to carry her to the grave. This is a theme that plays out often in his works and has been observed as one of his main inspirations. Within Peter Coviello’s research, he comes to the conclusion that “Within [Poe’s] world, only very young girls, who are not yet encumbered by the revulsions of adult femininity, seem capable of providing a site for stable heterosexual male desire in Poe.” Rather than using a full fledged adult as his lover, he engineered a child into his poem so the lover does not harness the potential to mutate into a monstros... ... middle of paper ... ...r in his life into his characters, even after his death. Works Cited Coviello, Peter. "Poe in Love: Pedophilia, Morbidity, and the Logic of Slavery." ELH 70.3 (2003): 875-901. ProQuest. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. Poe, Edgar Allan. Annabel Lee. 8th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. 691. Print. Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of the House of Usher. 8th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. 702-714. Print. Poe, Edgar Allan. Ligeia. 8th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. 692-701. Print. Zimmerman, Brett. "Phrenological Allegory in Poe's "the Fall of the House of Usher"." Mosaic : a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 43.1 (2010): 57-72. ProQuest. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. Zlotnick-Woldenberg, Carrie. "Edgar Allan Poe's "Ligeia": An Object-Relational Interpretation." American Journal of Psychotherapy 53.3 (1999): 403-12. ProQuest. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.

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