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Edgar Allan Poe

I believe that what is going on here is that the salt has been used to preserve the body of Wyatt's dead wife. Wyatt and the coffin sank to the bottom like a shot. This is presumably because the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 4:46 am UTC

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Both Edgar Allan Poe stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado” are told in the first-person and both feature individuals with definite mental health issues, of which drove them to...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2018 8:15 pm UTC

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I suspect that your question about "The Tell-Tale Heart" versus "The Cask of Amontillado" has gone unanswered because no one agreed with you that the former story is better than the latter. I don't...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2012 4:40 pm UTC

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All three stories deal with untimely death, premature burial, and the grotesque. In Cask A man tricks a rival into a crypt and seals him alive within the walls. The Tell-Tale Heart shows a man...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2009 11:44 am UTC

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As the 207th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe falls on the 19th of January, 2016, speculation again revolves around the identity of the individual or individuals responsible for a...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2016 2:43 am UTC

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One of the things Edgar Allan Poe is known for in his short stories is a unreliable narrator who wants us to believe that he is perfectly sane even as he reveals his most heinous acts with the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2013 1:01 am UTC

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Poe's work, like that of any great author, is not monolithic in theme or style. One could arguably make the case that within his oeuvre, contradictory worldviews are expressed—or perhaps it's more...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 5:08 am UTC

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If you are focusing on the topic of characterization, I would have to pick stories that feature first person narrators who we come to suspect are unreliable. This is something that Poe does very...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2010 7:46 am UTC

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Edgar Allen Poe had a profound impact on English literature, leaving one of the most influential bodies of work to be found among nineteenth century authors. In fact, he largely stands out among...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 4:11 am UTC

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In many ways, Edgar Allen Poe`s short stories and poetry share many of the conventions of the traditional Gothic, including remote and exotic locations, ornate vocabulary, complex syntax, use of...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2012 10:01 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is also considered the father of the modern detective-fiction genre and an early writer in the emerging field of what would become known as science fiction. Best known...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010 9:05 am UTC

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The use of an anonymous or depersonalised narrator is an eloquent way to communicate a message from one perspective which yet remains undetermined. Poe was particularly masterful in the use of this...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 12:49 pm UTC

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Dark Romanticism refers to a subgenre within the romantic movement that dominated literature and the arts between the late eighteenth century and first half of the twentieth in both Europe and the...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 12:16 pm UTC

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This is a tough question since both are superbly written. I believe, however, that "The Raven" has so much more working for it with its great story line, rhyme scheme, vivid imagery and its almost...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2009 7:11 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe's central dictum of the short story is that it must contain a singleness derived from pattern and design throughout the harrative, an arabesque, as it is termed, that follows what...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2013 3:22 am UTC

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In order to truly benefit from the assignment (and to get a more helpful response on this site), it would probably be a better idea to begin the interpretation yourself and then ask more specific...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2009 2:44 pm UTC

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What is intriguing is the technique of arabesque which Poe employs with his narrators. That is, there is often a pattern of returning to an initial disturbing idea. In the "Tell-Tale Heart," for...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2013 8:28 am UTC

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By giving some characters real names and others silly ones or mere numbers, Poe is allowing his narrator, the highly ridiculous Thomas Smith, to illustrate his lofty, supercilious habit of...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 9:33 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe's impact on American literature was considerable, though his reputation since his death has fluctuated somewhat, and his poetry in particular tends to divide critics. He was one of...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2012 1:07 am UTC

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Latest answer posted March 3, 2011 3:13 am UTC

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Edgar Allen Poe is famed for his short fiction which characterises the word Gothic so excellently. Gothic is a term used to describe literary works that contain supernatural, wild or/and mysterious...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2011 8:14 pm UTC

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Poe was perhaps the innovator of the present short story form. In contrast to the orderly tale of linked incidents chronologically treated such as "Rip van Winkle"--credited with being...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2008 3:12 am UTC

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Similarities: The speakers in both Romantic poems have experienced a profound love for someone. The intensity of the love the speaker expresses in "Sonnet 43" matches that of the speaker of "The...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2018 1:59 pm UTC

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In both tales, the dominant effect of horror is achieved in part because the form of death comes through a particularly horrible disease that the story's characters dread. In "The Masque of the Red...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 6:29 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe’s works may be considered representative of American culture in the way they question the norms that supposedly characterize the American way of life. While many of his stories are...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 8:47 pm UTC

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"The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade" is a work of short fiction Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849). It originally appeared in the February 1845 issue of the periodical Godey's Lady's Book. The...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019 2:57 am UTC

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When Poe discusses the idea of nature, he holds it in high reverence but also acknowledges its mysterious and frightening qualities. Poe was fascinated with the macabre, so clearly the terrifying...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 6:56 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of America's three greatest poets, the inventor of the detective story, the single effect each should produce, and the horror story whether psychological or...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2012 2:14 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe was very influential in the development of the short story in American literature. He is considered the inventor of the detective story and also of the horror story. He wanted his...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2012 5:06 pm UTC

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If you use the term "gateway" in its defined sense--as a "structure framing an opening"--then I would agree that many of Poe's poems fit this description. Surely, his poems, particularly "Annabel...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2009 1:57 am UTC

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“Annabel Lee” demonstrates how a person who loves can continue to love after death. Poe had a hard life. His work has a darker tone that comes from his own experiences, especially suffering....

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 3:21 am UTC

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If you remember that exposition in a short story is at the beginning of the story and is where the author sets up the setting and the main characters in the story, this question will be easier for...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2012 5:31 am UTC

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Interesting. Like so many of Poe's poems, there are such different interpretations for back stories, what it is that leads up to the writing of the poem. I'd think it would be worth watching just...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2009 8:44 am UTC

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"Annabel Lee"--In this well-known Poe poem, the narrator is so overcome with grief for his lost Annabel Lee that he wants to or possibly even does sleep next to her grave. He has lost his desire...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2009 10:00 am UTC

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Poe only wrote one play "Politician" which was not published, so I wonder if you mean to analyze his talent as a fictional writer and the use of symbolism in his works. Most of the symbolism that...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2009 1:15 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer who lived from January 19, 1809 to October 7, 1849. During his life, he did not see much financial success as a writer. In 1827, he enlisted in the Army under...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 3:34 pm UTC

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There are several salient features to the writings of Poe: Usually there is an unreliable narrator whose point of view is rather deranged, with an idee fixe. That is, he is obsessed with one issue...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 11:53 am UTC

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Any discussion of Edgar Allan Poe's important works has to include "The Gold Bug." This mystery won the grand prize in a writing contest and earned Poe the title of "father of the modern detective...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012 2:30 am UTC

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Poe often uses visual imagery—a vivid description of things that we might then see in our mind's eye—to create scenes that we can visualize in our own heads. For example, at the beginning of "The...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 9:41 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe wrote in a genre called "Gothic," which was intended to appeal to his audience in a similar way to modern horror movies. People enjoy being scared or "spooked," and Gothic writing...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 8:20 pm UTC

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To answer part of your question since room does not permit otherwise, such writers as Stephen King and Anne Rice owe much to Edgar Allan Poe who created the horror/terror genre, a genre that is one...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2008 4:01 am UTC

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There are many different research topics one could exam for a paper written on Edgar Allan Poe. 1. How did Edgar Allan Poe's mental instability influence his poetry? 2. Who influenced the poetry of...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2011 10:21 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe is known for his tales of suspense and macabre. Given that his works are embedded with dark images, mentally imbalanced characters, and Gothic settings, fear becomes a natural state...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 10:47 am UTC

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Creative writing, generally speaking, refers to original literary material someone creates. This can be stories, novels, creative essays, poetry, or other literary forms. Critical writing, on the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018 5:03 pm UTC

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A postulate is something that is assumed to be true; and because it’s assumed to be true, the postulate becomes the foundation for a belief or action. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Man of...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2021 2:35 pm UTC

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Only Poe can answer this question definitively, but I'd have to say that yes, his own emotions did come through in his writing. In looking at Poe's life, it was easy to see that he was surrounded...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2009 2:58 am UTC

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Hawthorne's tales, whether we are looking at Young Goodman Brown (a short story) or The Scarlet Letter (a novel), almost always contain a moral, and they correspond with the Puritanical leanings of...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2017 8:34 pm UTC

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Both of the stories are told in first person narration. The main characters of the stories are both murderers who are "tormented" by something and driven to murder because of it. In "The Black...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008 12:19 am UTC

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There is always much of the artisit in his/her art. Like many of his narrators of his poems and stories, Edgar Allan Poe had a life of tragedy and unrest. Thus, in his works there is an...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2009 6:50 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe is usually considered an example of the Romantic movement in the United States. Although his publications are slightly later than those of such well known British Romantics as...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2015 2:18 pm UTC

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