Edgar Allan Poe 's Death Of Modern Horror Literature Essay

737 Words Mar 21st, 2016 3 Pages
“A genius of macabre operatic plots and suspenseful pacing, Edgar Allan Poe earned the title of father of modern horror literature” (Snodgrass). Surrounded by death from an early age, Edgar Allan Poe’s work focused on classical gothic themes such as star struck lovers, isolation, and death. One of his most famous works, “Annabel Lee,” published in 1849, encompasses all three of these themes and reveals Poe’s desire to reunite with his beloved “Annabel Lee.” Due to the ambiguity throughout the poem, critics disagree about the identity of Annabel Lee; however, most critics agree Annabel Lee represents an important female figure in Poe’s life, either his mother, Rosalie, or his wife, Virginia.
Fully comprehending and identifying the underlying story of the poem requires certain biographical information about Poe’s life since Poe is the assumed speaker of the poem. Rosalie gave birth to Poe on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. At six months old, Poe moved to New York to live for a year. He then moved to Norfolk where his mother raised him after his father left. Later, he moved to Charleston. His mother died in Charleston, leaving him orphaned. Rosalie suffered a violent death, which later influenced Poe’s writing. Poe witnessed “…her slightness and beauty; her illness and consumption; her pallor and wasting; her blood-spittings and finally her cold, white, dead body” (Bonaparte). After his mother’s passing, Poe lived with foster parents and begin immersing himself in…

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