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Edgar Allen Poe

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Morgan Davis

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Transcript of Edgar Allen Poe

Literary Era
Poe wrote from 1827 tell his death in 1849
1827 Wrote/printed "Tamerlane and Other Poems" at only age 18
Won a contest in 1835 for "Manuscript in a bottle" and in 1838 writes "Ligeia"
1839 "The Fall of the House of Usher" and his first volume of poems / money
1841 "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
1843 wins a $100 prize for "The Gold Bug"
1844 thousands were deceived by "The Balloon Hoax"
1845 Is when he writes "The Raven"
1846 "The Philosophy of Composition" and sues paper label for $225
1848 "The Poetic Principles" that he latter gave lectures over for students
Poe's writing was more read and acknowledge after his death
Favorite Authors/ Books
He once stated William Gilmore Simms was the greatest novelist ever
Simms wrote "The Sword and The Distaff"
Simms was also a Poet born before Edgar and lived longer.
What you didn't know
Ladies wanted him at their parties
Made a record for swimming 6 miles
Joined the US Army and became a Sargent major
Poe's cat died 2 weeks after he did :(
Poe couldn't pay the rent until he wrote "The Raven"
Attitude about Community
From Poe dealing with many hardships through his life, what can be gathered from the dark subject matter of his works and primary sources, it appears as if Poe has a
attitude toward humanity and community.
"I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now more active- not more happy- nor more wise, than he was 6,000 years ago."
Attitude about Life
"It is by no means and irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream." Edgar Allan Poe
I feel as if Poe lived solely for the beauty and the ugliness of the world, not for it's morals or impressions.
His reason to live was also his reason to read and write.
Literary Awards
Literary awards were not common at the time of Poe's life, therefore he never received one.
Although he never received an award, he won contest for works such as "The Manuscript Found in a Bottle" and "The Gold Bug"
Edgar Allan Poe
January 19. 1809
October 7, 1849
"Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality."

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
Born in
Boston, Mass.
Both parents pursued acting
Father abondoned family in 1810
Mother died in 1811
Taken in (never formally adopted) by John and Frances Allan
Two siblings:
William Henry
Leonard Poe
Mackenzie Poe
Tell Tale Heart

by: Edgar Allan Poe
Excerpt From Primary Source
Published 1844
Quote: "Bottomless vales and boundless floods, and chasms, and caves, with forms that no man can discover. For the dews that drip all over; Mountains toppling evermore into seas without a shore."
Authors Writing Style
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." Edgar Allan Poe wrote this quote and he is known for it because Edgar's type of writing is
very deep.
His poems express what he feels and what he thinks life is all about. He search's deep into his thoughts and finds a poem. Edgar Allan Poe uses the theme dreams in most every poem he writes.
Literary Techniques
"You are not wrong, who deem that my days have been a dream;" he is recalling a memory but he's not sure if it's a memory or a dream.
Literary Criticism
Jackson, Joseph. "Poe's signature to The Raven" Why Poe used the pseudonym "Quarles" with this, and no other, poem. The Sewanee Review 26, 3 (1918) pp 272-5
Mabbott, Thomas Ollive. "Lenore" On the trouble that poem gave Poe. In the Collected Works OF Edgar Allan Poe Vol. 1 (1969) The Edgar Allan Poe Society og Baltimore.
May, Leila S. "Sympathies of a scarcely intelligent nature": the brother-sister bond in Poe's "Fall of the House of usher" Studied in short fiction 30,3 (Summer 1993)

"By a route obscure and lonely, haunted by lil angels only," he tells of a bad dream he has had and believes he's done something wrong but that he's feeling the sorrow and pain through this dream.
"With a crystalline delight; Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, to the tintinnabulation that so musically wells from the bells, bells, bells."
"Around, by lifting winds forgot, resignedly beneath the sky the melancholy waters lie."
People who shaped Edgar Allan Poe's Perspective
Events that shaped Poe's Perspective
Major Themes
Major Works
Attitude towards Religion
Rotten Tomatoes Review
"There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of hell."
"After reading all that has been written, and after thinking all that can be thought, on the topics of God and the soul, the man who has a right to say what he thinks at all, will find himself face to face with the conclusion that, on these topics, the most profound thought is that which can be the least easily distinguished from the most superficial sentiment.
Although Poe was baptized at a young age, he was rather bias in religion. He recognized his faith as his own.
Many believed Poe was Christian, but it was never proven nor recorded.
An unnamed narrator opens the story by addressing the reader and claiming that he is nervous but not mad. (mad as in insane)
His adopted parents Mr. and Ms. John Allan
Tennyson natural lyricism
Mary Shelley biography "To One in Paradise"
Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe
1810/1811 parents separate and mother dies he then is adopted by Mr. and Ms. John Allan
1815 Edgar starts school in England
1820 he moves back to U.S. to continue school
1825 John Allan inherits a fortune from his uncle
1826 Attends University of Virginia
1827 Poe drops out because John Allan refused to help him money wise.
1828 Edgar joins the army because he couldn't pay bills
1829 Ms. Allan dies and Edgar returns home to attend West Point sponsored by John Allan
1831 Poe purposely get kicked out of West Point
1834 John Allan dies and doesn't mention Edgar in Will
In 1845 literary fan Anne Charlotte Lynch held a book club at her house were she invited writers and other artists to conversate.
Love and Hate
- Poe often portrayed the complexity of those emotions, particularly when they interact with one another. This theme can be seen in "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "William Wilson"
- Poe explored the nature of death and the after life in many of his works suck as "The Raven" and "The City in the Sea"
Hope and Desire
- This theme appears in "The Raven" and "Eldorado" where Poe displays human emotions in moments of regret and loss.
"The Masque of the Red Death" 1842
"The Pit and the Pendulum" 1842
"The Tell-Tale Heart" 1843
"The Raven" 1845
"The Cask of Amontillado" 1846
A Letter from Poe to his friend and benefactor, John P. Kennedy.
Poe explains his struggle with poverty in this letter and then asks him to encourage someone holding a Poe manuscript to send him payment.
This letter, which is the only one that Poe had wrote to his wife, talks about how he must leave for the night because of an interview.
He also goes on to express how he believes the interview will be good for them and how much he loves Virginia.
(his wife)
"All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry"
Rating: 9+
I gave the "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Raven" and 9+ because it is amazing how Poe writes stories into other stories. It really gets me thinking about the story itself, life, and the world. I would recommend these books because its an challenge for your brain and it's also worded beautifully.
-- Morgan Davis
Rating: 8
I gave the primary sources a nine because its not hard to understand, like other poetry. Also its entertaining but dark. I WOULD recommend it to people who like poetry and who also like reading about weird, but entertaining subjects.
Thomas Willis
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