Most Influential Author in the World Edgar Allen Poe uses layered irony and complex symbolism in his short stories and poems in order to take his readers on a whirlwind of elaborate, captivating and suspenseful journeys. Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. His childhood was depressing and disheartening. His parents died before he was three years old and John and Frances Allan raised him as a foster child. John Allan was a prosperous tobacco exporter, so he was able to send Poe to the best boarding schools and later to the University of Virginia.
In the poem, “Annabel Lee,” the narrator is mourning for his wife, who had just died and is reminiscing about past memories with her. A similar experience had happened to Poe when his cousin and wife Virginia died of tuberculosis and this poem was inspired by this dismal happening in his life. The gothic writer uses hyperbole, a figurative language device where words are exaggerated. “With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me” (Line 11-12). In this situation, there love was not actually coveted by winged seraphs of heaven.
Did you know the Catacombs in Paris holds the remains of up to 6 million people today? Edgar Allan Poe writes a moody story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, which is a short story about a man named Montresor who seeks revenge on a man named Fortunato who wrongs him over 1000 times over. Montresor seeks out his revenge using a special wine called Amontillado to lower Fortunato’s awareness of what is truly beginning to unravel right in front of him. In doing so, Montresor does the horrible deed of murdering Fortunato in his catacombs to leave him to rot there forever. Through his use of carefully constructed irony, imagery, and foreshadowing, Poe creates a mood that is both chilling and horrifying in “The Cask of Amontillado.” First, Poe uses a list
The novel is dated in the sense that DNA profiling was still new and characters talking about how there was no criminal DNA database. "All That Remains" The third book in the series, is based on the Colonial Parkway Killer, who is supposed to have killed eight people in the eighties in Virginia. Young couples are disappearing, only to turn up months later, mutilated. The daughter of a big drug guy goes missing, Kay knows that it is time to get the killer. Through the course of investigating things, she finds that these killings are tied to past brutal killings.
In answering the question, the theme that I will be discussing is that of premature burial in the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Premature burial is a theme that appears in a number of Poe 's stories such as Berenice, The Fall of the House of Usher, Ligeia and, of course, The Premature Burial. As Wolf says, "Poe must have been virtually obsessed with the idea of being buried alive" (289). The first of Poe 's stories I will discuss with reference to this theme is The Fall of the House of Usher. In this short story the narrator has been asked by letter to visit the home of a childhood friend, Roderick Usher, who has taken unwell, overcome by a strange illness however upon his arrival the narrator finds that there is a perfectly good explanation for his friend 's current state, " much of the peculiar gloom which thus afflicted him could be traced to a more natural and far more palpable origin—to the severe and long-continued illness—indeed to the evidently approaching dissolution—of a tenderly beloved sister" (Poe).
The Impact of Robert Frost on American Culture “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” This is a quote from Robert Frost, one of the most influential writers in American history. He is most remembered for his realism writings and informal writing methods. Frost has been quoted by many great authors and even recognized by John F. Kennedy himself. He received a numerous amount of awards in his lifetime. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his work, and on July 22, 1961, Frost was named poet of Vermont (William H. Pritchard 2000).
(The narrator) heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. (The narrator) heard many things in hell,” the guilt of the murder tortured the narrator and made him believe that he was hearing things that were not real. The plots that the narrator makes to murder the man and get away with it are very in depth. Guilt also causes the narrator to think of more wicked schemes than before. “If still you think (the narrator) mad, you will think so no longer when (the narrator) describe the wise precautions (the narrator) took for the concealment of the body,” reveals the attention to detail the narrator had when carrying out the murder.
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Literary Analysis Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” This means that time may fly by but what you leave behind stays. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American romantic novelist and short story writer during the nineteenth century. Although Hawthorne lived in a time before awards, he was highly regarded and he and his works are still idolized and taught today. His most famous works are The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter being the most famous. Hawthorne wrote works influenced by what he experienced throughout the period of his life.
Kubla Khan contained elements that would shape his life, but was crippled by the use of opium (Herman). Samuel also wrote “The Rime of the ancient Mariner” while under the use of opium. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is divided up into seven sections and is also Samuel’s most famous poem, it talks about how a ship’s crew is cursed by one crew member thoughtless action in killing an albatross (Means). In 1802, Coleridge wrote a poem called “Dejection: An Ode” which Samuel talks about his love for Sara Hutchinson and about how awful it is to be married to Sara Fricker. In 1794, Samuel wrote a poem called the “Pantisocracy” which was a form of social organization where everybody was equal.
In The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart, Poe showcases a unique style of writing, rendering exceptional pieces of literature. Both stories are within the genres of horror and romanticism, however, Poe does not conform to these genres, as they were in the 19th century. Poe branches out of romanticism, and with horror, he developed gothic romanticism and pioneered psychological horror. Poe believed that art and literature were the most realistic and accurate depiction of individual human nature. Deviating from romanticism, which would have focused on external depictions of horror, he concentrated on internal depictions of the human mind which reveal a character’s internal struggle and therefore make his depictions more realistic and stylishly accurate.