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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, a sampling of the late American author and poet’s writings is easily attainable and very easily perused. His most famous works are very short stories like The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, and The Masque of the Red Death, with The Fall of the House of Usher being longer but easily digested. Each of these stories presents gothic images and passages that became part of American literary tradition. His poem The Raven is a classic about a man sitting alone in his study lamenting the loss of his love when he is visited by a large black raven that responds to his queries by stating “Nevermore” (“Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore’”). Poe’s work has endured, and inspired many films – mostly low-budget ‘B-movies’ produced during the early 1960s and featuring the actor Vincent Price – and Poe is credited with inventing the modern detective story with his stories The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, and The Purloined Letter, each of which featured a detective named Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin. Arthur Conan Doyle, creator Sherlock Holmes, would credit Poe with inspiring his own work.
Personally, this educator is a fan of Poe’s writing. I have long enjoyed sitting back with a volume of his stories in the evening. As noted above, however, how one responds to any individual author or poet is completely subjective. It is up to the student to familiarize him- or herself with the writings of the author in question and to formulate one’s own opinion. Reading the stories and poem referenced will take very little time and provide the foundation necessary to form an opinion.
For me personally Poe pieces have always left chill in my spine after I finished reading them. Poe is very talented but his pieces always have this air of death and mania around them. However this is what he is mainly known for, his gothic eerie writing. But personality wise I think Poe was suffering from deep depression especially after his wife died, many of poems were written about her one I can recalled being Annabelle Lee. Life hit him with so many curves to the point he became a drunk but he still continued to write century lasting pieces.
I wouldn't suggest reading his work right before going to sleep, but that isn't to say I don't enjoy them! As a student, I feel like his pieces are often taught in English classrooms and that may make students feel negatively toward the work. However, keeping an open mind (and not merely disliking something because it is required reading) will show that many of his works have this haunting yet oftentimes beautiful quality to them. They aren't scary in the sense that something suddenly happens - I always felt that the creepiness of the story slowly sinks in once you wrap your head around what really happened. This skill of gradually revealing the plot is, in my opinion, one of the reasons why his work is still so commonplace today.
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