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The most interesting narratives address a deep introspection of the inner conflict of the writer. Does an artist’s madness enable him to see something in the world that others cannot? Are these authors simply communicating facets of life that many people choose not to address themselves? Perhaps people resonate with many artists’ work because it opens doors that people refuse to open or never even knew existed. In the romantic period, Edward Allan Poe explored his own personal demons translating into a bird pecking at his brain. His narrative legitimized psychology in literature. Joseph Conrad, a romantic, and perhaps forerunner of modernism, remains a pioneer in
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Unformatted text preview: personal exploration of the self in his short story, “Secret Sharer.” In a modern memoir, Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, looks into his own madness and wrote freeform songs with incredible depth that speak to many audiences. All three authors and poets have the ability to produce work that resonates within the reader but is also universal for a diverse group of readings. Because of this the artist’s work is often misinterpreted and the work becomes a popular anthem people identify with rather than the actual meaning the artist wished to convey through their work....
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  • Spring '08
  • ESTERQUINLAND
  • Edgar Allan Poe, Hot Chili Peppers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis

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