A Reflection of Self and Poe Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

A Reflection of Self and Poe
This paper looks at the incorporation of Edgar Allan Poe's life in his literature.
# 119336 | 833 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 21, 2010 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , Sociology (General)

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In this article, the writer notes that the life of Edgar Allan Poe was one which involved a considerable amount of death, alongside a few lucky instances of true love. The writer maintains that these experiences in turn, as with other writers, influenced the work generated by the author. The writer examines how Edgar Allan Poe incorporated his experiences in life into his poetry and writing, thus creating a reflection of himself in his work. The writer concludes that this use of experience in his work is precisely what grants to it the feeling that it is novel and genuine, as writers often write best that which they already have come to know and understand.

To My Mother
Spirits of the Dead
Annabel Lee

From the Paper:

"All people have subjective memories of their personal experiences throughout life, each as unique as the individual possessing them. People in general have a need to vent their problems, to allow their fears and frustrations to be vocalized in an attempt at defeating them. Writers have an advantage in that they have the power of expressing their emotions and even their problems through the power of the pen. Many writers have been known to use their personal experiences to their advantage in their writing, and Edgar Allan Poe is included amongst them. Poe may have denied the facts of his own life, however he wrote them plainly for the world to read."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wilson, James Southall. "Poe' Life." Poe Museum. Retrieved on 22 September 2008, from:
  • Wilson, James Southall. "The Personality of Poe." The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 67.2, pp. 131-142.
  • Coviello, Peter. "Poe in Love: Pedophilia, Morbidity, and the Logic of Slavery." ELH. 70.3, pp. 875-901.
  • Thompson, G.R. "Unity, Death, and Nothingness: Poe's "Romantic Skepticism"." PMLA. 85.2, pp. 297-300.
  • Brown, Arthur A. "Literature and the Impossiblity of Death: Poe's "Berenice"." Nineteenth-Century Literature. 50.4, pp. 448-463.

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