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Edgar Allan Poe

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Christopher Starr

on 16 February 2011

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Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe

THE MYSTERY OF...
EDGAR ALLAN POE BIOGRAPHY BORN ON JANUARY 19, 1909 BORN IN BOSTON, MASS. SON OF DAVID POE JR. AND ELIZABETH POE ORPHANED DUE TO THE LOSS OF BOTH PARENTS
(SPECULATIONS ABOUT HOW FATHER VANISHED) TAKEN IN BY THE ALLAN FAMILY MARRIED HIS COUSIN, VIRGINIA
CLEMM.
MAY 16, 1836 SHE THEN DIED IN 1846 POE, THEN BECAME AN ALOCOHOLIC HE JOINED THE ARMY, STRAIGHTENED HIS LIFE UP, THEN WROTE "THE RAVEN" (POSSIBLY HIS MOST FAMOUS WORK) DIED ON OCTOBER 7, 1849 MOVIES THE CROW-QUOTES "THE RAVEN" THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS- POE'S NAME USED IN PLACE OF THE HERO'S THE LOST BOYS- MAIN CHARACTERS ARE EDGAR AND ALLAN YOUNG GUNS- QUOTED POE'S "EL DORADO" BATMAN- BRUCE WAYNE QUOTES A STANZA OF POE'S DEAD ZONE- QUOTES "THE RAVEN" CRITICISM THE BLACK CAT "POE'S OBSERVATIONS OF CULTURE AND THE HUMAN NATURE PROVE INVALUABLE IN MY UNDERSTANDING OF "THE BLACK CAT'S" GRIM THEME: THE BASE PERVERSENESS INHERENT TO THE SOUL OF EVERY MAN. "THE BLACK CAT" DEPICTS, NOT THE DESCENT OF A MAN INTO MORAL RUIN, BUT THE REVEALING OF THE MAN'S TRUE NATURE THROUGH THE BREECH OF SOCIAL BARRIERS, FORGED BY WAY OF ALCOHOL, AND THE SYMBOLISM OF THIS DESCENT PLAYED BY THE BLACK CAT." (JILL CROMWELL) THE TELL-TALE HEART CRITIC HORACE GREELEY SAID, 1843, THE STORY WAS "STRONG AND SKILLFUL" YET "OVERSTRAINED AND REPULSIVE." REPETITION OF CRITICS COMMENTING ON HIS DARKNESS THE RAVEN UNUSUAL DRAMATIC IMAGERY DREW EXCITEMENT CRITICS THOUGHT IMAGERY USED WAS ABSURD ALSO SPECULATIONS ON WHETHER OR NOT POE GOT THE IDEA OF A RAVEN FROM CHARLES DICKENSON'S NOVEL, "BARNABY RUDGE." "AND THE SILKEN SAD UNCERTAIN RUSTLING OF EACH PURPLE CURTAIN
THRILLED ME-FILLED ME WITH FANTASTIC TERRORS
NEVER FELT BEFORE;
SO THAT NOW, TO STILL THE BEATING OF MY HEART, I STOOD REPEATING,
'TIS SOME VISITOR ENTREATING ENTRANCE AT MY CHAMBER DOOR-
SOME LATE VISITOR ENTREATING ENTRANCEAT MY CHAMBER DOOR;
THIS IT IS, AND NOTHING MORE.'" DARKNESS POE MAINLY WROTE IN A DARK WAY MOST COMMON TOPIC WAS THE DEATH OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMEN (REFERENCE TO HIS WIFE'S DEATH) ALSO TALKED ABOUT ISANITY AND MURDUROUS TENDENCIES LITERARY ELEMENTS ENARGIA- A VIVID DESCRIPTION OF SOMETHING USED IN "THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM," DESCRIBING A TORTURE CHAMBER. BOMPHILIOGIA- BOMBASTIC, POMPOUS SPEECH CHRONOGRAPHIA- TYPE OF ENARGIA. WHEN USING A VERY DRAWN ON APPROACH SYMBOLISM- THE PRACTICE OF REPRESENTING THINGS BY MEANS OF SYMBOLS OR OF ATTRIBUTING SYMBOLIC MEANINGS OR SIGNIFICANCE TO OBJECTS, EVENTS, OR RELATIONSHIPS DEATH LOSS OF BOTH PARENTS WITNESSED HIS MOTHER DIE. HIS BROTHER WILLIAM DIED HIS BELOVED VIRGINIA DIED IN 1846 STEP MOTHER, MRS. ALLEN DIED IN 1829 NOT MENTIONED IN FATHER'S WILL WONDER WHY HE SEEMED DARK AND DEPRESSED? POE TODAY BALTIMORE RAVENS NAMED AFTER "THE RAVEN" 1910 CIGAR BRAND CALLED "THE RAVEN."
HAD A RAVEN SITTING ON A BOOK SAYING "POE." "ETERNAL DARKNESS" VIDEOGAME- FIRST THING SHOWN IS AN EXCERPT FROM "THE RAVEN." RESTARAUNT IN VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA CALLED, "THE RAVEN."
SELLS POE BOOKS, SHIRTS, ETC. SGT. PEPPER ALBUM COVER OF THE BEATLES HAS POE ON IT THE SIMPSONS- HOMER SIMPSON IS BLOCKED IN A ROAD BY A TRUCK LOADED WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE'S BIRTH HOUSE. HOMER KNOCKS IT OFF THE ROAD AND IT EXPLODES. (THE TELL-TALE HEART)
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