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The paper reveals that while Poe's gothic works of horror and sorrow suggest that Poe was never anything more than a miserable, tormented man, Poe actually wrote poems that expressed the few good times in his life. The paper examines two poems; the happy and melodic "Eulalie," written while his wife Virginia Clemm was still alive, and the brief and melancholy "Deep in the Earth" written shortly after Clemm's death. The paper emphasizes how Poe's poems are semi-autobiographical in their reflection of his mainly tragic life.
From the Paper:"It is a fact that most, if not all, of Poe's poems are semi-autobiographical. John Reilly, a noted Poe historian claims, "The most pervasive feature of the image of Poe is the assumption that his poems and tales are somehow autobiographical documents in which we can identify Poe himself" (Reilly 473). Support for this theory can be found in the fact that Poe commonly writes in first person narration. Also noteworthy is that many of Poe's works contain details that correlate to Poe's life. "William Wilson," for example, is set in an English school that strikingly resembles one Poe attended and even uses the name of Poe's real headmaster, Reverend Bransby. For further proof, in "Eleonora," the narrator marries his cousin, just as Poe married his cousin, Virginia Clemm (eapoe.org). Truly, given certain tidbits of information in Poe's prose, his works reveal more than any biography ever could."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Addison, Joseph. The Spectator. 1 March 1711: No. 1
- Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Information about Poe. 2002http://www.eapoe.org (13 Nov. 2002).
- Poe, Edgar Allan. The Raven and Other Poems: Selected and Introduced by Richard Kopley. New York: Apple Classics, 1992.
- Reilly, John. "Poe in Literature and Popular Culture," Companion to Poe Studies. Ed. Eric W. Carlson. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996.
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