English III - Final Research Paper - Alison Krebel.pdf - I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe

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“I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind” - Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. Both of Poe’s parents died before he was three years old. His foster father, John Allan, never supported Poe financially causing him to move to New York and publish some of his poems. Edgar married his cousin and had two children. Eventually his wife died of tuberculosis, leaving Poe all alone. All his life he struggled with alcoholism and depression, after her death, it only worsened. Two years after that Poe died himself. While suffering with depression and alcoholism, Poe wrote many great poems which all focused on the human mind itself. Many authors had a big influence on literary history but no one had as big of an influence as Edgar Allan Poe. His works still carry on today. He brought inspiration to many new and old authors with his writing genres and ideas. He opened up a new pathway of writing that America had never been introduced to before. Gothic writing was around in Britain far before it was in America, but Poe was one of the first authors to bring a gothic writing style to America. He also had an interest with the structure of literature and how it is written and connected to the scientific world. Poe is also known as one of the best critics in history and for creating a template to show others how short stories should be written. Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most influential writers in American history. Edgar Allan Poe was the first writer to bring gothic writing styles to America. Many authors during this time were still stuck on a transcendental topic, so no one had ever seen or written gothic style before in America. Gothic writing was mostly common in Great Britain. Gothic authors thought in different ways than other authors. They did not agree with all the happiness in the world, most likely from past experiences that caused them to think more negatively than positively. They were intrigued with life and the dark meanings behind it. To
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want and to be able to write in a gothic way, the authors had a different mind set on the world.. Cg Willis states in an article, “The American gothic movement came about in reaction to the transcendentalist movement, which strongly supported the idea that everyone has both the ability and opportunity to accomplish and experience greatness. [3] Gothic writers, however, believed that such ideas were too optimistic; they saw life as menacing and tragic, and instead created a new genre that was filled with their own beliefs of the realities of evil and an individual prone to sin and self destruction.” (Willis.) Edgar was the first to start writing in this style. He was a drunk and suffered with depression for all his life. He did not see the world as something happy and great. He was very intrigued on the human mind and how it worked. He started to write in
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