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Boston University OpenBU Theses & Dissertations Dissertations and Theses (pre-1964) 1942 The romanticism of Edgar Allan Poe Kennedy, Barbara Ann Boston University Boston University
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BOSTON UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL Thesis THE ROMANTICISM OF EDGAR ALLAN POE by _ . . . Barbara Ann Kennedy Digitized by the Internet Archive (A. 3., Ernidanuel College, 1940) in 2016 submitted m partial ruifillm ment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts 1942 u 1 *
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Thesis Outline The Romanti c ism of Edga r All an Poe I The Romantic Movement p.l A. Origins 1, Derivation of terms 2. Beginnings under Rousseau B. Principles 1. Rejection of classic and neo-classic standards 2. Predominance of imagination 3. Escape from ethical and social reality 4. Preoccupation with abnormalities Ii The Life of Poe p.3 A. Early Life 1. Birth and parentage 2. Adoption by the Allans B. Youth 1, Matriculation at the University of Virginia a. High living b. Withdrawal because of gambling debts 2. Quarrel vdth Allan resulting in: a. Departure from Richmond b. Service in army c. Entrance into West Point after partial reconciliation vdth Allan (1) Diligence in studies; later neglect (2) Discharge from Academy C Manhood 1. Choice of literary career 2. Family life in Baltimore a. Kindness of Mrs. Clemm b. Marriage to Virginia Clemm c. Inconstancy in life and letters 3. Life in Fordham a. Illness of Virginia b. Extensive magazine writing and editing
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D . Poe’ personality 1. Lack ox pride 2. High emotionalism. 3. Romantic attractions a. Frequent b. Violent 4. Possible explanations of character a. Refusal of Allan to accept him as his heir b. Strain of mental weakness in blood c. Ineffectual struggles for material success E* Death of Poe 1. Alone 2. Under unexplained circumstances 1 The Romantic Poetry of Foe p.20 A. Theory of poetry 1. Composed according to six rules 2. To be effective of extreme brevity B. Poetic Inspiration 1. Escape from reality a. In dreams and visions b* In highly romantic situations C. Romantic characteristics, as evinced in various poems 1. Preoccupation with morbid subjects a. Death of a beautiful woman (1) The Raven (2) Annabe l Lee b . Insanity (ij The C o nqueror V /o rm ( 2 ) The Ha u nted Palace 2. Subjectivity as in Tamer lane 3 . Imagination as in A1 Ara af 4* Romantic as in Romance 5* Dissatisfaction with reality as ir Israfel 6. Futile search for beauty as in El Dorado 7. Despair as in The Raven S. Melancholy - in almost all poems 9. Supernatural aspects a. The Raven b. Ulalume
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3 IV Poe the Teller of Romantic Tales p. 37 A. His theory of the short story 1. Stress on single effect a. Inclusion of detail to secure effect b. Exclusion of all irrelevant details 2.
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