Edgar Allan Poe has been hugely influential in the literary world since he began publishing in the mid-1800s. His texts have served as exemplars of how to use sensory detail and how to establish and evoke mood through description. He also set the standards for Gothic and detective fiction with his famous short stories.
Poe is famous for his ability to create a mood in his literary works, often a sinister and/or foreboding mood. Many of his stories establish suspense and mystery through the mood that he evokes. "The Fall of the House of Usher," for example, opens with a lengthy description of the house and the lake outside the house, which reflects the house in its water. The details given in the first several paragraphs establish the themes of decay and death and set an ominous tone for the story.
Poe's inventive use of language also led him to coin some of his own words. Poe is credited with creating the detective story and as being the best-known contributor to the Gothic tradition in...
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