Edgar Allan Poe, to begin with, was an author who has left a heavy mark on the culture of the whole world. He was influential on many latter authors and he was a precursor in many specific genres, beginning with dark romanticism, and going through horrors and gothic to short mystery stories. He is considered to have influenced authors such as Steven King, Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as many musicians and trends in cinematography considering science-fiction, including movies full of monstrosities and horror. First of all, considering his life as rather harsh; he was born in January 1809 and he died in October 1849. He was born in Boston, as a second child in family, and then he was orphaned in tragic circumstances which are his father leaving the family, and his mother dying right after.
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most influential writer of all time, as he was one of the first writers to explore darker themes through literature such as death and revenge. He has revolutionized the gothic genre for years to come. Throughout the many gothic works of Edgar Allan Poe including, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and many more; Poe gives a unsettling tone which defines most of his writing. Poe tries to do this through incorporating specific literary techniques like erie imagery and cryptic diction. Some influences that could have a possible effect on Poe could be the fact that he was brought up in bad conditions.
CLASSIFICATION ESSAY The Many Faces of Edgar Allan Poe Literature can offer a wide array of genres where to choose from. Whether it is historic novel, romance, or science fiction, everyone has a favorite genre. In the last 200 years, horror has been on the rise, with contemporary authors such as Stephen King, or classic ones like H. P. Lovecraft. However, if there is one author that has conquered the genre, that is Edgar Allan Poe. His gruesome and macabre pieces of literature encompass different styles which range from short stories to poetry, and even a novel.
H.G. Wells, a renowned British writer, is widely known for his science fiction compositions, many of which are now popular movies. Often referred to as “The Father of Science Fiction,” Wells “possesses a unique talent for creating disturbances, and it is to this talent, rather than to his undoubted literary genius, that he owes his immense reputation” (Priestly 89). His most notable novels include The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, and The War of the Worlds. “The Red Room,” “The Door in the Wall,” “The Empire of the Ants,” “The Valley of Spiders,” “The Flying Man,” and “The Star” consist of six short stories written by Wells.
Of all gothic writers, Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most groundbreaking of them all. From The Cask of Amontillado, a story with integrated historical references of the time, to The Fall of the House of Usher, a deep and morbid story full of imagery. Anywhere from The Tell-Tale Heart, truly a story of both unique syntax and perspective, to The Raven, a poem full of symbols and eerie repetition. Through these and many more, Poe has been using his writing style to immerse people into his stories and poems alike since 1839. However, Poe is only able to accomplish this through his unique writer’s style, particularly his forceful imagery and meaningful syntax.
Poe 's talent has profoundly influenced literature. With The Murder in the Rue Morgue and other stories, he was the first to write detective stories in America. Poe was called the father of science fiction. He combined the intensely psychological and the Gothic with the rational and Romantic to create horror in his short stories.
Gothic literature is a blend of horror and romance. The genre of gothic novels has been around for centuries, and therefore can be seen as indispensable in the literature world. Due to the dark sides and supernatural occurrences in these kind of books, reading these story can be quiet thrilling. The question that easily can cross our mind is what are the significant elements, so obligatory elements in order to create a gothic atmosphere? For this purpose, Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” will be analyzed, as well as the use of Gothic motives.
Edgar Allan Poe was not only a poet, but also a critic and a writer. He was well known for his expressive short stories and poems that captured the imagination of readers. Annabel Lee was not the only writing by Poe that narrates death. According to Britannica, most of his work was concerned with terror and sadness. He was capable of writing angelic or weird poetry, with a supreme sense of rhythm and word appeal.
Edgar Allan Poe is an author known for his gothic works and how different they were for his time. His works were groundbreaking, and he contributed a great amount to the science fiction and gothic genres. Although, Poe was known for the supernatural elements in his works there was another theme that was used in moderately throughout his stories. The theme of insanity. There’s a handful of Poe’s works that showcase this theme of insanity, where the narrator is not all there and quite unhinged.
The Impact of Edgar Allan Poe on American Culture “Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence,” (Poe). Edgar Allan Poe is known for his dark writings as he introduced the world to his gothic literature. However, many questioned his works as its darkness disagreed with the state of American prosperity during his time. According to “Historical Context: “The Tell-Tale Heart,” during the mid-nineteenth century American society was expanding westward and through the Pacific, as the article states, “Poe’s America was a vibrant and self-assured young nation with a firm belief in its manifest destiny.” The economic and geographical growth of the United States had citizens in strong mentalities of hope and pride, which explains how Poe’s dark sided writings did not appeal to many groups of people, (Historical Context: “The Tell-Tale Heart,” 2003). In addition, scientific progress and the idea of rationalism was expanding the industry and agricultural growth of the nation.