Edgar Allan Poe Contributions

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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most influential authors of his time; he is considered one of America’s finest authors. His work ranged in different fields of literacy as an editor, a literary critic, he was also gifted in writing elegant fictional short stories, beautiful poems and was known to be a master of horror and mystery tales. His best and most popular works include “The Raven”, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The House of Usher”. Poe was considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He was also recognized for his pessimistic view on life, and one of the pioneers of the American Romantic Movement. Many score books have been produced about him, including biographies, novels and critical monographs. Till today Edgar Allan Poe is still discussed about …show more content…
From the beginning of his writing he mostly wrote elegant love poems, as time progressed and he reached adulthood, Poe saw the harsh realities of life, which made his poems darker and disturbing. His use of alcohol and opium also contributed to the tones of his works. The raven is a product of the tragic events that had transpired in Poe’s life, from losing his mother at a young age, to his foster mother whom he loved very much and the tragic death of his brother and the death of his beloved wife Virginia. These events clearly set the foundation of the poem. The main character in the poem was grieving about the death of his lost love, Poe himself also suffered from the death of his wife which weighed Poe mentally for most of his life. Although Poe suffered from depression and alcoholism for most of his life, that only contributed a little extra to the poem. “Poe also admitted that most of his inspiration came from the nightmares he had and also the feeling of loneliness.” (Fisher 234) The raven still remains a very popular poem as it came so naturally to

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