The Literary style of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) English-1102 Term III Research Paper Professor Elizabeth Owens 28 February 2009 By: Charles Brian Bean
Purpose <ul><li>The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the writing style and reasoning behind the American writer Edgar Allan Poe </li></ul>
Edgar Allan Poe <ul><li>American poet, short-story writer, editor and literary critic </li></ul><ul><li>Considered part of the American Romantic Movement. </li></ul><ul><li>Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre </li></ul><ul><li>Considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre </li></ul>
Literary Style and Themes <ul><li>Best known fiction works are Gothic </li></ul><ul><li>Most recurring themes deal with the questions of death and lost love </li></ul><ul><li>Considered part of the dark romanticism genre </li></ul>
Literary Style and Themes <ul><li>In his short Story, “The Tell-Tale Heart” Poe writes about Murder, Insanity, Obsession and Guilt </li></ul>The Tell-Tale Heart www.thetell-taleheart.com /
<ul><li>In his poem, "The Raven", he uses many different elements as symbols. A raven is usually the symbol of something dark and sinister. A raven is also a sign of death. This poem is a poem of losing hope, and his dealings with his dead love Lenore, and how the raven torments him into insanity. Throughout the poem, the narrator is tormented by his lost love, Lenore, who came back in the form of a raven. </li></ul>Literary Style and Themes
Literary Style and Themes <ul><li>In The Raven, Poe starts off the story with "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary.” </li></ul><ul><li>This sentence identifies how he sets the setting for the story. This sentence makes you think of a dark lonely night. This is a good example of how Poe's literary style is dark. </li></ul>
Summary <ul><li>Alone Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>From childhood's hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others saw; I could not bring My passions from a common spring. From the same source I have not taken My sorrow; I could not awaken My heart to joy at the same tone; And all I loved, I loved alone. Then- in my childhood, in the dawn Of a most stormy life- was drawn From every depth of good and ill The mystery which binds me still: From the torrent, or the fountain, From the red cliff of the mountain, From the sun that round me rolled In its autumn tint of gold, From the lightning in the sky As it passed me flying by, From the thunder and the storm, And the cloud that took the form (When the rest of Heaven was blue) Of a demon in my view. </li></ul>In Poe’s poem, “Alone Analysis” I believe, that Poe is summarizing his life and his feelings toward all the love loses that occurred in his life time.