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Edgar Allan Poe's Life And Work

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Edgar Allan Poe was an excellent horror, suspense, and mystery writer of the eighteenth century. His use of literary devices and different literary techniques makes this writer important to American literature. This paper will show how Edgar Allan Poe has made an impact on Society and American literature as well as how Edgar Allan Poe developed the short story. I will also discuss and analyze some of his works and techniques he uses in his short stories and poems.

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. His parents, who were actors, died when Poe was a small child. Poe was then adopted and raised by John Allan, a tobacco exporter, and Frances Allan in ...view middle of the document...

Poe did win occasionally when he entered these contest, but his published work didn’t really get much attention (Buranelli Vincent). Although Poe’s early works were not really receiving mush attention Poe later began to receive some recognition for his writing and poetry (Magill, 1643).

Many people believe that Poe’s works were inspired by his going to an orphanage at such a young age, alcoholism, mental problems and poverties and that this may have been the reason for him always writing about death, horror and themes like that (Walker, 43). Edgar Allan Poe was known as the master of short stories, he was actually known for creating this type of writing, especially tales of mystery and death. Poe has unique grotesque imagery and plot construction that he uses in his writing in an amazing way. He also uses melancholy and omens of death in his writings to add that sense of horror into the story (Hoffman, Daniel).

Edgar Allan Poe is known as the creator of short stories and in fact he is. Poe developed this type of writing and used it to create some horrific short stories about death, love, and horror, to create emotion in Poe’s stories. Edgar Allan Poe created this type of writing to get the theme of the story across to people and not make the story long, just short and simple. Poe also has a unique way of ending his stories in the way that he ends some of his stories in a climax, which always leaves your reader wanting to read and know more (Carslen, 506).

In Poe’s book “The Raven”, which appeared in 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror, Poe uses repetition and parallelism. For example, “Tis some visitor entreating entrance an my chamber door, some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door…tapping at my chamber door…here I opened wide the door.”(Walker, 11). Poe also uses alliteration in his poems, short stories, and books. For example, “While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping…” (Walker, 6). This was one of Poe’s famous short stories. This story became popular because of the word repeated in this book “nevermore” (Walker 43). This book is said to have many meanings but Edgar Allan Poe is the only one that really knows the meaning of this mysterious short story.
Another one of Poe’s famous writings is “The Tell-Tale Heart”. In this short-story Poe uses repetition and parallelism. Poe took time to choose every detail of setting, characterization, and action so that it would come together to form a feeling of terror. In this story Poe creates an atmosphere that makes the story have a certain type of feeling or mood, in Poe’s case its horror, death, and mystery. As shown in the previous book Poe also uses alliteration in his stories. This book talks about a young man who kills the old man he lives with and then feels compelled to confess. This story is mostly unpredictable because the young man starts off by telling us that he did not want to take his gold, and that the old man...

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