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Edgar Allan Poe

Poe is a unique individual in American literary history. He did not belong to the New England Transcendentalist movement: he is not closely connected to Emerson or Thoreau. While many of...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2017 2:43 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's "Premature Burial" first tells sundry tales of people being buried alive. These individuals include a one Mademoiselle Victorine Lafourcade, an unhappily married woman, who was...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2019 2:29 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

I’d like to start by saying that the answer to this question is going to differ from person to person. It’s asking an opinion. Different people are going to find different stories more relevant....

Latest answer posted November 4, 2016 2:35 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's story "Silence-A Fable" can be confusing given the story's form. The story is being told from the perspective of an unnamed listener. Essentially, it is a frame story--meaning...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2012 6:09 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

There are certainly differences between Poe's Prospero and Shakespeare's Prospero. First, Poe's Prospero fails to transcend his fate, while Shakespeare's Prospero succeeds in doing so. In "The...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018 6:26 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Poe's "singular effect" that the reader should take from his narratives and poems is the unsettling truth that lies in the dark, irrational depths of the human mind. For example, in...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2008 8:10 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Poe’s poem is thought to addressed to Frances Osgood, a prominent poet in New York with whom Poe famously flirted – probably platonically -- for several years. The gist of the poem is fairly clear:...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2016 8:43 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

The more specific the topic of your paper, the better the paper will be and the easier it will be to research and write. That means that you need to formulate some very specific question to ask...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2015 10:55 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

The women in Edgar Allan Poe's stories suffer sad fates. Men are Poe's main characters; however, there are two women who come to mind, neither of whom enjoy "happy endings." The first woman is the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 3:47 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

It is easy to see that Poe's alcoholism and probable drug use influenced his writing. The hallucinatory aspect of Poe's stories seems to have probably been fueled by mind-altering substances. The...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018 8:37 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Fear is an extremely strong emotion, and Edgar Allan Poe taps into this primal feeling in his horrifying stories "The Black Cat," "Premature Burial," and "The Masque of the Red Death." In...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2011 6:59 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Although Edgar Allan Poe's literary career is best known for its Romantic short stories and poems, he also worked as an editor and literary critic. In the 1830s, he began working for the Southern...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 10:28 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Both are written from the first person limited point of view. However, the narrator in "The Fall of th House of Usher" has contact with other characters whereas the one in "The Pit...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2009 8:27 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

We might assume that both the evening star and the moon in Poe's 1827 romantic and somewhat Gothic poem "Evening Star" are actually symbols of the women in his life. Poe describes the moon and the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 11:51 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

We can only use conjecture in deciding why Poe wrote his poem; however, there is clearly an intensity to this poem that suggests that Poe was compelled to express himself. Often in an artist there...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012 4:33 pm UTC

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Poe created a technique that he termed "Arabesque"; with this technique there is a playfulness, a twisting and returning to ideas, a balance and integration in which Poe "teases out the latent...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2009 1:41 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Poe believed that the point of writing poems or stories was to create an emotional response in the reader. That means that his fiction is less concerned with realism, per se, than it is with...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016 12:06 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

There are a number of options that could be selected in answering this question. What is obvious about "Alone" by Poe is that it is a poem is written in the first person, with the speaker being the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2013 6:54 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Both Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, the authors cited here, are well known for themes of death and mortality occurring in their works. Poe's approach tends to be one exploring the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2016 3:07 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

The narrator describes a "disease" which fell upon Berenice. He says that the disease caused "a spirit of change" to sweep over her, and that this "spirit" pervaded "her mind, her habits, and her...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 9:49 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Let's first look for the elements that are ever-present in the Gothic genre. These elements consist on specific literary devices which authors use, particularly in the setting, to convey feelings...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 3:42 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe wrote short stories and poems. His stories are of two types: horror stories, which are his most distinctive, and detective stories. The detective stories tend to be cool and...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 4:41 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

A reader sympathizes with the narrator because of the first-person narration, a technique commonly used by writers to help the reader not only get into the head of the main character, but also to...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2011 1:46 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's mystery stories broke new ground because of his imaginative plot lines. Three of his stories are widely regarded to be the first American detective fictions: "The Murders in the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016 10:11 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Poe was beyond good as a poet. His "The Raven" is a virtuoso performance in the use of internal rhyme, for instance. His lyricism and emphasis upon the sound of his poetry and other aesthetic...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 8:29 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Alienation is the sense of being isolated or separated from things. Each of the stories you mention include alienation as a theme: In “The Black Cat,” the narrator is alienated from his cat, Pluto,...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2017 3:32 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

There are quite a number of examples of alliteration throughout the poem. The most common is the alliteration of the s-sound. Poe starts off with alliteration in the first line: Be silent in that...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2015 12:58 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

This is a fascinating question! If you are familiar with both stories, you will be able to identify immediately where Stephen King's clever use of intertextuality gives away the fact that his story...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019 9:28 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

It's an interesting question, because I think, thematically speaking, both "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Premature Burial" are focused on concerns more complicated and nuanced than the...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019 10:39 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Ah, well there are other things about vampires besides "teeth". For example, they are immortal: But it is mere idleness to say that I had not lived before - that the soul has no previous...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010 11:44 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Both of these poems are about the experience of feeling alone, solitary. But the first, "Alone," seems to focus upon the speaker's formative process, and the uniqueness of it—the fact it is...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 1:31 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

When analyzing a poem, it is best to identify the controlling metaphor. Often the title is a clue, as it is with Poe's poem, "The Spirits of the Dead." For, these words seem to be the key to...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2014 6:23 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s use of the first-person point of view is often memorably effective. Take, for instance, the opening sentences of “The Cask of Amontillado”: THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2012 10:55 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Despite the different possible themes in his works, one that seems to prevail is desolation in many different ways. It is evident in The Mask of Red Death, when Prince Prospero and his friends...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010 5:35 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

In both stories, suspense is created by repetitive images and sounds. In "The Tell Tale Heart," the narrator hears the beating of the heart constantly, like the ticking of a clock counting down the...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008 12:56 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Historians still debate the possible causes of the death of one of America's greatest writers, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was found on a Baltimore street "in great distress" on October 3, 1849, and he...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2011 9:21 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

The Oval Portrait has the characteristic of being a story nested within another story. The story is of a wounded man who ended up in a chateau. The Chateau's gallery has apparently a bunch of great...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2009 1:52 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

So as to define a few terms for others who may benefit from this question and answer, I need to first define the term "reader response". Reader response is a critical approach, based upon...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011 11:09 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

"The Angel of the Odd" is a humorous story by Edgar Allan Poe that places a skeptical narrator into a series of absurd situations. Through these actions, the Angel tests the narrator's belief in...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 4:18 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

According to "Poe’s bitter enemy Dr. Thomas Dunn English," Poe did not have a drug addiction. “Had Poe the opium habit when I knew him, I should, both as a physician and a man of observation, have...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2012 3:14 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

The mood of 'The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion" is an odd one to identify. It is an other worldly mood of safety following a mysterious suffering. Mood is the atmosphere of overall...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2011 7:05 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

In describing the Chateau that the narrator and his valet come to find while seeking refuge in the night, Poe paints a picture of a place that was once very grand, and is now falling to pieces....

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018 6:06 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Many of the characters and plots in Poe's short stories involve psychologically disturbed people. This story is a good example, and perhaps the most violent of them all. Its protagonist, Egaeus, is...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2010 4:28 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

The word "lisp" used as a noun usually denotes a speech imperfection in which sibilant /s/ or /z/ is mispronounced, sounding more like a /th/ phoneme. However, when used as the verb "to lisp" it...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 9:43 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

By beginning with quotations, Poe sets a tone for his short stories as the quote usually suggests something about the psyche of the main character. Also, his quotation stirs the imagination of the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2010 12:58 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

What one thinks about any given author is entirely a matter of personal opinion. One either enjoys reading a particular author’s work, or one doesn’t. Fortunately, in the case of Edgar Allan Poe,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2014 5:22 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Part of the point of this question is to make you apply some version of what critics call "critical race theory" or "whiteness theory" to Poe. In other words, the point here isn't just reading Poe...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015 5:40 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

Poe's imagery clearly has a great impact on his writing, as so much of his work is dominated by the bizarre, other-worldly contexts he sets his characters and stories in. An excellent example to...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2011 7:43 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe

One story you could consider is 'Ligeia'. The narrator here is an opium addict, but this is not mentioned until several pages into the story. In pieces such as 'The Black Cat', the narrator’s...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2014 5:59 pm UTC

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This quote is profound -- the key word "irrelevant" suggests that what we know is by nature incomplete -- that there are other facets of the truth that may appear to us, but don't fit into the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2012 3:26 am UTC

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