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Background information on Edgar Allan Poe's involvement in and contribution to the Romantic Period as well as his own development as a writer.

Background information on Edgar Allan Poe's involvement in and contribution to the Romantic Period as well as his own development as a writer.

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  • The Gothic Romantic Movement combined elements of horror and romance – much like our thriller and horror films today. By the time Poe came along, people weren’t writing as many horror stories – the genre had fallen out of favor somewhat, but Poe was one of the main writers who reinterpreted and rejuvenated the genre. The Romantics focused on awe, trepidation, and terror, and the Gothics focused on the mysterious, such as hidden passageways, ghosts, screams, and magic. So when the two are combined, such as Poe did, you end up with a whole lot of creepy.

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  • 1. Edgar Allan Poe Kellie Hoblit, Language Arts
  • 2. Literary Period: Gothic Romantic Movement
  • 3. Purpose: As part of the Gothic Romantic movement, Poe wanted to be as scary and thrilling as possible, and he particularly enjoyed writing about death and insanity. I’M HUNGRY
  • 4. Setting Poe’s stories often take place in dark, mysterious places. In spite of focusing largely on horror and suspense, Poe writes about complex matters like grief and love.
  • 5. Focus: Poe perfected the short story and is considered the inventor of detective fiction, although he did also write poems. Example: Sherlock Holmes
  • 6. Popular Works ✑“The Fall of the House of Usher” (Short Story) ✑“The Raven” (Poem) ✑“The Tell-Tale Heart” (Short Story) ✑“The Pit and The Pendulum” (Short Story)
  • 7. The dundies!! Er.... Edgars. The Mystery Writers of America now present an Edgar Award each year to an accomplished writer of Mystery
  • 8. Themes & Motifs ✑ Theme: a central idea or statement; the big idea or moral such as jealousy, contentment, or love, but Theme also includes the author’s opinion or view. How does the author portray the Theme and what does s/he have to say about it? ✑ Motif: a reoccurring element such as a symbol, a character, a color, a moral – really, it can be anything.
  • 9. THE END