The Dark Themes Of Edgar Allan Poe

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The “Grandfather of Goth”(Semtner) Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. He was born into a family of performers, causing a lot of traveling. However, at the age of three both of his parents had died of tuberculosis. A tobacco merchant names John Allan adopted him, now his new family accepted Poe as their own and gave him everything. Soon, his new family moved to London and Poe studied in England. After returning home Poe grew a love for writing, he was inspired by a poet before him named Lord Byron. However, John Allan did not want Poe to follow that dream, because he knew there would be no financial award, he disowned Poe, another reason for the break was that Poe was an alcoholic and had gambling issues. Edgar Allan Poe …show more content…
One of these themes is darkness, this is one of the main themes to be classified as a dark romantic poet. Dark themes could mean many things, and can also symbolize others. Some of these dark themes are death and mourning. These themes are evident in Poes poems “The Raven” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”. These themes are noticed in “The Raven” because of the 1st couple stanzas, the speaker is talking about how he is in a time of struggle and barrenness. Fear is also a dark theme, it is present when the speaker hears something outside his room and appears to find nothing “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before” (Poe 26-27) In the poem “The Fall of the House of Usher” dark themes are also present. The dark themes in this short story are the spookiness of the house and the lonesome feeling the character has. Also the character was in fear by stating “Such, I have long known, is the paradoxical law of all sentiments having terror as a basis.”(Poe). In the poem “The Bells” Edgar Allan Poe also used dark themes such as the iron bells, they are rung by ghouls and make those who hear mourn. Along with his dark themes Poe used other themes that can be described as dreamy and …show more content…
Poe, didn’t produce fame during his lifetime, influenced many American writers, one of the most notable is Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald took affection for Poe's writing style and the themes he used. Nowadays, Poe is viewed as a pop culture phenom in which he has many supporters, and mostly everyone knows the name Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is featured in many movies, TV shows, and Album covers, “starred on the animated series South Park and The Simpsons. His face graces the cover of a Beatles album, he has fought crime alongside Batman in the comic series Batman Nevermore (2003) and hunted a serial killer in the film The Raven (2012). Among the many films featuring Poe as a character are The Raven (1915), The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942), The Man with a Cloak (1951), Castle of Blood (1964), and The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe(1974)”(Semtner). This quote shows how Poe is viewed to day in the 20th and 21st century, “Poe's work remains present in 20th century American poets”(Dayan). Also every year on halloween many kids and adults dress up as this man of darkness and continue to represent the man who changed dark literature

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