Edgar Allan Poe: Man of Mystery Analytical Essay by MommyS

A look at the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe
# 150644 | 2,041 words | 15 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 28, 2012 in Literature (American) , History (General)

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This paper attempts to understand the author Edgar Allan Poe, not only through his works but also using autobiographical material. Additionally, the paper refutes the idea that Poe's true personality is reflected in his writings. The paper also discusses Poe's writing style and techiniques, especially his mastery of suspense and horror. It notes how Poe edited his poems and short stories to the point of almost rewriting them. The paper cites some of these variations, using the example of "The Raven." The paper concludes by stating that once one analyzes the information about Edgar Allan Poe, it is clear that he is not the man that the general public for more than a century thought that he was.

From the Paper:

"Given the dark nature of Poe's works, one may think that he had a depressed and dark personality. However, that is not the case. He was noted as being pleasant, gentle, inspiring, and had a good sense of humor. Poe's use of puns and silly names throughout his works corroborates the accounts of him being a humorous person in public. He was said to be a "pleasant companion {who} talked brilliantly, chiefly of literature, and read his own poetry and that of others in a voice of surpassing beauty" (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2010). Also in contrast to his supposed depressed and dark personality, Poe accepted at least some financial responsibility for his illegitimate child, which shows that he was a caring and generous person."

"If one envisions Edgar Allan Poe, most would describe him very similarly to how he is depicted in the portrait by Learned (Figure 1); a dark and intriguing character, if not terrifying. However, as dark as some of his stories are, the portrait painted by Hall (Figure 2), for which Poe sat, is a more accurate portrayal of his appearance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bonaparte, M. (1949). The life and works of Edgar Allan Poe: A psycho-analytic interpretation. London: Imago.
  • Char, Rene. (n.d.). Poetry Quotes. BrainyMedia.com. Retrieved June 8, 2010, from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_poetry.html
  • Dictionary.com. (2010). Retrieved June 10, 2010, from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/autobiography
  • Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. (1998). A few minor Poe topics. Retrieved May 23, 2010, from http://www.eapoe.org/geninfo/poemisc.htm
  • Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. (2009). Edgar Allan Poe and religion. Retrieved July 2, 2010, from http://www.eapoe.org/geninfo/poerelig.htm

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