How did Poe affect the Romantic Period?

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Edgar Allen Poe was one of the most influential and prolific writers of the Romantic Period. The Romantics were reacting against the Enlightenment, which was a literary (among other things) movement concentrating on rationality and reason as the most valuable tool for humans to understand the world. The Romantics, on the other hand, rejected the notion that everything could be understood with the mind, and preferred to write about the supernatural and irrational. They were...

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