Themes in Edgar Allan Poe´s Writings Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe: Rough Draft
"Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'" These are the words of the famous Edgar Allan Poe who considered today one of America's most influential writers and poets. Some call him the Father of the American detective story, genius of horror tale, and “the first who articulated the theory of the modern short story as well as the idea of pure poetry” ("The Big Read."). He was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts ("Edgar Allan Poe - Biography."), the time when literature was booming with Romanticism. His chilling tales of death, insanity, and darkness caused Americans to see a different side of the Romantic genre in literature of that time. Poe had never known his real parents because two years after his father
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In order to find new meaning to his life, Poe joined the army, but then eventually dropped out when he heard of Allan's new love interest. CD: After Allan remarried, he sent a letter declaring that he desired "no further communication" with Edgar ultimately shutting him out (Silverman). CD: The silence between the father and son continued for years until Poe received notice that Allan had passed away (Silverman).
CM: In Poe's "Maelstrom", he denotes an aspect of desolation, as the main character remembers his most bitter and saddest moments as he sinks down a maelstrom, to his imminent death representing the fate of people who have never loved nor have felt loved (“Maelstrom”). By definition, a maelstrom is either "a large, powerful, or violent whirlpool" or "a restless, disordered, or tumultuous state of affairs". This emptiness and disorder described in the poem was most likely influenced by the cold relationship between Allan and Poe. Although his relationship with his father was distant, Poe still showed that Allan did have some effect in his life through his writings. Theme: Poe started writing more about sudden death (Silverman) continuing his gothic theme of all life ending in death. In Freudian terms Poe's own misfortune and unsuccessfulness in early life may have led to the harsh and depressing stories he wrote, but many critics in that time also believed it was the drugs that helped influence his

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