Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The Masque Of The Red Death

1111 Words Nov 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be one of the darkest Romantic writers of his generation. He made several notable mystery tales and was the creator of the crime detective genre. He did not get his inspiration from other literature nor his surroundings. He used his own personal experiences that were known to be horrible and miserable such as the loss the loved ones. Poe expressed his personal feelings and thoughts into his own work. Some of his writings were short stories and poems such as ”Sonnet-To Science”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, and “The Black Cat.” In “Sonnet-To Science”, Poe was against the advances and how science during the Industrial Revolution in early 1800s. He expressed his opinion through the use of analogies with Roman and Greek influences (Poe 633). In “The Masque of the Red Death”, it tells the tale of how a disease known as Red Death spreads quickly and leaves its victims dead within thirty minutes. This was inspired by the fact that Poe lost his wife Virginia to tuberculosis in 1847 (Levine - Krupat 631). Another was “The Black Cat” where an unreliable narrator harms his cat Pluto while under some mood swings. This tale was influenced by Poe’s drunk habit in his later years. Poe really did preferred to use his views on aesthetic findings in dark romance and death itself. First, the poem “Sonnet-To Science” starts with “Science! Meet daughter of old Time thou art, who alterest all things with peering eyes!” (Poe 633). This statement describes the…

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