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5427474-Edgar Allan Poe

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Author’s Last Name 1 [Author’s Name] [Professor’s Name] [Course title] [Date] Edgar Allan Poe The power of truly great literature transcends its creator, and sometimes even the intention the creator had in mind for it. Since Poe’s death, his art has attracted interpretations and appreciation from the most unlikely readership. For example, his poetry (“The Raven” and “The Bells” are specific favorites) is memorized by Russian school children, while in Japan, Poe was a major inspi ration for imagery and themes used in the Japanese manga (comics) and computer game industry in the 1970s and 1980s. Poe has become, like Shakespeare and Van Gogh, a figure who transcends his time, place, and nationality; he no longer belongs to America, but to the world. The French Symbolist poets in the nineteenth century were the first to claim Poe as one of their own, in personality as well as aesthetics, and it was primarily Charles Baudelaire’s twenty-year commitment to translating Poe into French that made his work available to the non- English-speaking world. The debt to the Baudelaire translations must be viewed as immeasurable, for by the end of the nineteenth century Poe’s art had already created a permanent and stunning influence upon world literature. (Johnson, 71) The twentieth century has merely confirmed his status; Poe is a precursor to the Modernist movement, a figure that connects T.S.
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