Edgar Allan Poe

 

The Inner World of Poe

By: Julie d'Entremont

        Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet who became an important person in the world of literature. His poetry is very descriptive and tells a story. In his writing he covers many topics, but he is known for writing about darker topics, like death. His poetry catches your attention when you read it, and makes you want to continue reading. Edgar Allan Poe was a very gifted writer whose poetry is definitely worth reading.      
   
     Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. He first became known for his short stories. Once he gained recognition, his poetry was also recognized. Some of his most famous writing includes; "The Raven", "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Tell Tale Heart",and "The Murders in the Rue Morge". The audience that Edgar Allan Poe wrote for was a more mature adult audience. He is best known for his writing in the horror genre, covering topics of loss and death. Edgar Allan Poe died on Sunday, October 7, 1849. On October 3, 1849 he was brought to the hospital semiconscious, where he stayed until he died four days later of "acute congestion of the brain". There are many different ideas on the cause of his death including; complications of alcoholism and drug abuse, going mad, and rabies. He was buried in the graveyard of  the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore Maryland.
   
     Edgar Allan Poe's first collection of poems (Tamerlane, and Other Poems) was published in 1827. Before Poe reached the age of three his mother and father (both actors) died. He was taken into the foster family of John and Frances Allan. After attending schools in England, Edgar Allan Poe attended the University of Virginia. Poe developed a gambling debt and his foster family would not help him out. He then had to leave the university and went join the army. His step-father then helped him get into the United States Military Academy. Within one year he was expelled because of "academic violations". After this incident he broke away from the Allan family and went to live with his Aunt Maria Clemm and his first cousin Virginia. He later married Virginia. The two did not have any children. Along with writing poetry Edgar Allan Poe also wrote short stories, and he was and editor and a critic. Poe also suffered from alcoholism, and this was a factor throughout his life.
   
     Most of Edgar Allan Poe's work was published during his lifetime because this was how he made his living. Some of his latest works include; "Serenade", "To Helen", "To My Mother", "For Annie", "Eldorado", "The Bells" and "Annabel Lee". They were all published between 1848 and 1850. His most famous writing is probably the poem called "The Raven". Edgar Allan Poe know has a set of awards that are given out to other gifted writers under his name. The awards are called "The Edgars". They are given out by the Mystery Writers of America to writers of different genres.
   
     Edgar Allan Poe's poetry is very interesting to read because it is so well written. While reading his writing the thing that stands out the most is his choice of words. Every word is important and carefully chosen. Examples of his use of language are found in these phrases, from the poem "The Raven". "and each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor" and "Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling". He is a very descriptive writer, enabling you to picture in your head what is being said in his writing, making it very effective. This poet uses figures of speech extremely well. Often his entire poems may be a symbol for something else. His poem "The Raven" is a symbol for death. It was written right before his wife passed away. The topics which Poe usually writes about are dark but very interesting. He tells it through a story and grabs the readers attention.
   
     Edgar Allan Poe is a fabulous writer, whose work is very interesting to read. While reading you must think about what is being said making for an interesting read. His poetry is definitely worth reading and studying. Edgar Allan Poe is a great American poet whose work is extraordinary.

 

 

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago, 
In a kingdom by the sea, 
That a maiden there lived whom you may know 
By the name of Annabel Lee; 
And this maiden she lived with no other thought 
Than to love and be loved by me. 

I was a child and she was a child, 
In this kingdom by the sea: 
But we loved with a love that was more than love-- 
I and my Annabel Lee; 
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven 
Coveted her and me. 

And this was the reason that, long ago, 
In this kingdom by the sea, 
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling 
My beautiful Annabel Lee; 
So that her high-born kinsman came 
And bore her away from me, 
To shut her up in a sepulchre 
In this kingdom by the sea. 

The angels, not half so happy in heaven, 
Went on envying her and me-- 
Yes!--that was the reason (as all men know, 
In this kingdom by the sea) 
That the wind came out of the cloud by night, 
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee. 

But our love it was stronger by far than the love 
Of those who were older than we-- 
Of many far wiser than we-- 
And neither the angels in heaven above, 
Nor the demons down under the sea, 
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul 
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. 

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams 
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; 
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes 
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; 
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side 
Of my darling--my darling--my life and my bride, 
In the sepulchre there by the sea, 
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

By: Edgar Allan Poe

 

   

 I like this poem because it was written to tell the reader about how much he loved and still loves Annabel Lee. The poem is very enjoyable to read because it great flows and also has a rhyme scheme. In his writing, Edgar Allan Poe uses very descriptive language, helping you to better understand and picture what is being said. His use of imagery helps to paint a picture in the readers mind. He says in one line, "For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams" and this helps create the image of what he is describing in your mind. The topic that he chose to write about was the loss of his bride, Annabel Lee. I found this topic interesting because of how well he described the situation, how he felt and the comparisons that he made. I chose it over other poems by the same author because when I was reading it the whole poem just flowed together making it easy to read and enjoy.

                                                                                  

 

Resources

 

http://www.mysterywriters.org/awards.html

http://www.poemuseum.org/poes_life/

http://archive.salon.com/audio/poetry/2000/10/31/poe/index

http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=131

http://www.topicsites.com/edgar-allan-poe/pictures-edgar-allan-poe.htm 

http://www.topicsites.com/edgar-allan-poe/

http://www.eapoe.org/

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