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The Style of Edgar Allan Poe

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Kaitlyn Bradley

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The Style of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
Birth: January 19, 1801 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Poe was a US American short- story writer, poet, and critic. Poe tales of mystery and horror initiated the modern detective story, and the atmosphere in his tales of horror is unrivaled in American fiction. His The Raven (1845) numbers among the best-known poems in national literature.
Trochaic Octameter
Trochaic Octameter is pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables containing eight trochees
Trochaic Octameter
Trochaic Octameter
In the "Masque of the
Death" Poe uses several allusions to the Bible and the Tempest.
Line 4: As of some one gently
rapping at my chamber
– B
Line 5:"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber
– B
Line 6: Only this and nothing
." B
Line 3: While I nodded, nearly
, suddenly there came a
, C
Line 2: Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten
– B
Line 1: Once upon a midnight
, while I pondered, weak and
, A
Because of the length of the line, trochaic octameter lends itself to the heavy use of internal rhyme and alliteration and is also extraordinarily difficult to use consistently.
"The Raven"
Facts: Britney Spears uses Trochaic Octameter in the chorus of 'Womanizer'
The Tempest
"Prospero" for his hero's name
The Bible
"he came like a thief in the night", referring to Thessalonians 5:2. That he has
over all
Patrick Cheney
"Edgar Allan Poe uses Shakespearean and Biblical allusions to reveal a
reversal or a mythic pattern which the Tempest and Bible have in common."
"The Raven"
"Is there- is there balm in Gilead?" - tell me, tell me I implore!"
"Balm in Gilead" refers to a holy place, Gilead. An old saying "Is there no balm in Gilead" is simply asking whether or not there is anything that cab bring comfort to a person"
- Malibrarian
Patrick Fletcher
In the view of Fletcher, Poe was neither a synonymist nor a allegorist
Word, painter or manipulator of vocabulary, who employed shaggy techniques of writing (49)
Most seen in the
"Fall of Usher"
Poe gave certain key words that provided creative impetus to the tale
Poe was fluent in various languages. His vocabulary was large and was used throughout his work.
Robert Giordano suggested to Poe to use words at times because on how the word sound.
"The Tell-Tale Heart"
A classic example of the psychological story
"How, then, am I mad?" and "but why will you say that i am mad?"(74)
The narrator had a creepy fascination with the old man's eye as further proof of lunacy.
"a pale blue eye, with a film over it"(74)
Time can be unbearably slow and astonishingly fast. Poe's emphasis on repetition and rhythm(ticking and beating) contributes to the tension of the tale"

Admiration mark
Brought more emotion to Poe's work.
Eight exclamation marks were found in the first three paragraphs of "The Tell-Tale Heart."(Zimmerman 19)
As well respected as Edgar it is difficult to understand his style. He was ahead of his time in his mind and in his writing.
diacope- word with one or fewer words between is used to express more emotion.
The "eye" reappears in the second line showing the obsession of the speaker.
"True!- nervous- very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am"(88)
Kaitlyn Bradley
The writing of Edgar Allan Poe has influenced diverse writers and thinkers including Charles Baudelaire, Jules Verne, and H.P Lovecraft.
Humbert Humbert's
lost childhood sweetheart in Lolita, Annabel Leigh, is named for Poe's
Annabel Lee
Charles Baudelaire
admired Poe's work and spent years translating it into French.
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories of an aristocratic French detective, C. Auguste Dupin, served as a model for
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes
Patrick Fletcher
Frentic diction
The Raven
"Perched upon a bust of pallas just above my chamber door."
this is a mythological allusion - pallas athena was the greek goddess of wisdom. again this shows the speaker longs for wisdom above death.
Repetition of the last word or words of one line at the beginning of the next:
"Yes, he had been to comfort himself with these suppositions: but he had found
all in vain
All in vain
." (Tell- Tale Heart.")
"Controlled repetition of words that appeals to the readers direct audial and visual senses"
Tell- Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe used the semicolon often and with good skill.
His hair was gray, and collected into a queue behind. His nose was prodigiously long, crooked, and inflammatory; his eyes full, brilliant, and acute
his chin and cheeks, although wrinkled with age, were broad, puffy, and double
"The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaal"
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