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Edgar Allan Poe

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Billie Menshouse

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Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe


Life and Works


Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Poe had a difficult childhood that influenced his writing greatly. His most famous works have been in publication since 1827 and include poems, essays, short stories, a book, a play and a textbook. Poe wrote collectively between 70-90 works.
Edgar Allan Poe
Tell-Tale Heart
"Annabel Lee"
"The Raven"
"The Raven" Simpson Style
The Cask of Amontillado
"I would give the world to
embody one half the ideas afloat in my imagination." Edgar Allan Poe in an 1829 letter
1809 - 1849
published 1849
"The most natural and consequently the truest and most
intense of the human affections are those which arise
in the heart as if by electric sympathy."
--Edgar Allan Poe
published 1843
"I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I
sometimes so madly indulge. It has been the desperate
attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense
of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange
impending doom. -- Edgar Allan Poe
"Annabel Lee" 2:33 Edgar Allan Poe The Stories And Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe Spoken & Audio

"The Raven" 10:35 Edgar Allan Poe The Stories And Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe Spoken & Audio

published 1845
It was night and the
rain fell, and falling,
it was rain, but having
fallen, it was blood.
--from "Silence -A Fable"
Edgar Allan Poe
published 1846
**In Poe's time, wealthy
families had extensive cat-
acombs under their homes
filled with their family tombs.

Amontillado-Spanish sherry

Nitre-gray-white crystals on cave walls, used to make gun-powder

Roquelaire- knee-length cape

Medoc - French red wine

In pace requiescat! - Latin: "May he rest in peace!"


Need to Know:
"Sometimes I'm terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is wants. The way it stops and starts."
-- Edgar Allan Poe
Death watches: A species of beetle, so called because their presence in walls (gnawing on wood) is taken to be an omen of impending death
"The Cask of Amontillado"
p. 326

published 1849
"A Dream Within A Dream"

written in 1829 -- not published until after Poe's death in 1875
The Poems
"The Bells"
"To Helen"
published 1848
published 1849
p. 315
p. 241
p. 343
Mountains of the Moon" Mountains in Africa, once thought the source of the Nile River. In literary terms, they represents a place a fantastic distance away
published 1849
"Valley of the Shadow" a reference to Psalm 23:4
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.."
ElDorado was a city of gold the Spanish conquerors of the New World believed lay in the western part of the continent.
Eldorado connoted the gold rush underway in California in Poe's time.
p. 331
The Tales
Familiar Elements and Themes for Poe**
Extra Credit Essay
Choose one of the Poe Tales we have read. Discuss the story's use of the first person narrator. What sort of person is he? How relevant is his personality to the actions of the tale? Does the narrator make the story's events seem more creditle, or less so? Be sure to give specific examples from the story to support your points.
Pluto: Roman god of the underworld

baroques: extravagant or grotesque stories

intemperance: excessive consumption of alcohol
"The Black Cat"
published 1843
p. 19
p. 319
published 1846
p. 10
p. 301
p. 3
death of beautiful, young girl
premature burial
hidden burial of corpse
descent into madness
lost love
use of mythology
use of symbolism
**use in all writings
Poetry Guidelines
"musical" in nature
use of figurative language
use of line breaks and spacing
must have refrain lines
good use of white space
minimum of 16 lines
well titled
use of Poe elements and themes
Directions: Compose your own "Poe Style" Poem by following the guidelines in next circle!
Essay (3pt5 style)
Directions: Use 3 point 5 essay style to write and publish an essay detailing how Poe's writing shows how his life experiences directly influenced and impacted his writings. Use specific examples from various Poe works to support your claims.
Essay Guidelines
Introduction paragraph: Begin with a meaningful quote from Poe. Body sentences will be detailing facts concerning his works' popularity and quality. Discuss themes and elements. Thesis statement required.
Body 1: Transition -- Topic 1 - Tragedy of Poe's life. Detail exaples of important events of significance.
Body 2: Transition -- Topic 2 - Poetry. Use at least 3 different poems and give examples of the elements and the possible connection to Poe's life specifically.
Body 3: Transition -- Topic 3 -- Tales. Use at least 3 different tales and give examples of elements and specific connection to Poe's life.
Closing -- Transition - Discuss the effectiveness of Poe's writing. Poe's lack of enjoyment in the revelation of his writings being appreciated by others. Close with a BANG!
**Recordings and information provided
by "The Big Read" sponsored by the
National Endowment for the Arts

Constructed by:
Billie Menshouse

"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before..."
from his poem "The Raven"
"If it is any point requireing reflection...we shall examine it to better purpose in the dark."
-- from his story "The Perloined Letter"

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