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Edgar Allan Poe

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Olivia Mantenieks

on 6 May 2015

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Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe

Masque of the Red Death
The Raven
Annabel Lee
Spirits of the Dead
Haunted Palace
The Bells
The City in the Sea
The Sleeper
For Annie
To Helen
The Valley of unrest
Edgar Allan Poe is notorious for his death and darkness-centered poems.
Poe's Dark Themes
Poe's Grim Life
Father Left
Dirt Poor Family
Mother died of Tuberculosis
Separated from siblings
Went to live with Foster Parents
Foster Father looked at Poe as an ungrateful delinquent
Throughout life, Poe's foster father neglected
Wife died at young age from Tuberculosis
Struggled with employment and Finances
Effect of an Unfortunate Childhood
In general studies and analysis of human behavior and growth, it is understood that a person's childhood, upbringing, and life experiences can greatly affect your personality and mind, carrying over to Poe's works.
Use of Deadly Themes
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe used both direct ways to describe death and also creative indirect ways to allude to the subject using:
Figurative Language
“Which is not loneliness—for then; The spirits of the dead who stood; In life before thee are again; In death around thee—“ (Poe, "Spirits of the Dead")
“Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee”. (Poe, “Annabel Lee”).
“That did to death the innocent that died, and died so young?” (Poe, “Lenore”).
“a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river”
“let the burial rite be read--the funeral song be sung”
“And when she fell in feeble health”
(Poe, "Lenore")
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