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THE LIFE & LEGACY OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
Transcript of THE LIFE & LEGACY OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
The Masque of Red Death - 1842
The Raven - 1844
Who was Edgar Allan Poe? (1809-1849)
STYLE & GENRE
The Murders in the Rue Morgue - 1841
The Fall of the House of Usher - 1839
A Tell-Tale Heart - 1843
A Dream Within a Dream - 1827
The Bells - 1849
Annabel Lee - 1849
horror, mystery & macabre genre
first pioneer of the American Gothic genre
believed in cultivating works of ambiguous meaning
OUTSTANDING QUALITY: psychological intensity
has qualities of American Romanticism; often blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.
death, love, insanity, fear, nature of reality
How does the presence of the Raven contribute to the speaker’s brooding inner conflict?
Poe uses much repetition in The Raven by repeating the words “nevermore” and “nothing more” at the end of various verses. What ideas does he enforce in using these words over and over again in the poem?
LITERARY HISTORICAL CONTEXT
The Dark Romantics Movement
Literary sub genre that came from the transcendental movement.
Originated in New England.
Was popular from 1836 through late 1840s.
Movement was popular in 19th century America.
Transcendental beliefs too optimistic so Poe modified it.
Edgar Allen Poe once said that the death of a beautiful woman is "the most poetical topic in the world". To what extent do you agree/disagree with this statement?
How does the repetition of “the kingdom by the sea” help to move the poem along? (A “kingdom by the sea” is considered to be a lonely figure contrasted to two lovers.)
How does the change of the tone from light to dark contribute to the effectiveness of the poem?
How does the repetition of the word bell, reinforce the ideas of the poem?
Why does Poe jump from a scene about two lovers in the first stanza, to a scene about a person on a beach in the second? Does it still convey the central message of the poem?
What is the significance of the woman in the poem? How does she effect the theme/message of the poem?
"Darkness, decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.”
Almighty God! --no, no! They heard! --they suspected! --they knew! --they were making a mockery of my horror!-this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now --again! --hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!
If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence.
He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.
1. Thank Heaven! the crisis- The danger is past (For Annie)
2. Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever! (Lenore)
3. The only king by right divine (The Divine Right of Kings)
4. Thou wast all that to me, love (To One in Paradise)
5. So sweet the hour, so calm the time (Serenade)
6. Lo! Death has reared himself a throne (The City in the Sea)
It was, indeed, a tempestuous yet sternly beautiful night, and one wildly singular in its terror and its beauty.
“In investigations such as we are now pursuing, it should not be so much asked ‘what has occurred,’ as ‘what has occurred that has never occurred before.’”
WHY DID EDGAR ALLAN POE LAST?
THE ULTIMATE QUESTION
Edgar Allan Poe’s writings showed me perfectly that there can be such fragile beauty and purity located in darkness and sorrow.
Poe's life is exemplified in his writing.
He died under mysterious circumstances; cause of death is unknown.
First American writer to try make a living solely off of writing
His obituary was written by a man who hated him.
69 pieces of prose (recorded)
The Edgar Awards