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Surname 1 Student Name Professor’s Name Course Date Edgar Allan Poe as a representative of the Romantic Movement Very few authors exist outside the currents of the periods in which they live and Edgar Allan Poe is not an exception. Poe is evidently a product of his time, the Romantic era. Romanticism was a literary movement that took place in the US and was characterized by themes including madness, evil, guilt, and sin. It held the view that people are prone to giving in to crime and destructive behavior because of a lack of wisdom. This movement looked at the ugly sides of stories instead of the heroism tales and centered more on death as well as the flaws of people. Poe’s brand of romanticism was similar to his contemporaries but most of his work bordered the gothic genre. Poe is considered to be a seminal romanticism author as most of works are considered to be part of the gothic genre. Much of his poetry and prose depicts his essential interest in exploring the psychology of human beings. Poe’s most recurring themes include questions of death, the physical signs of death, the impacts of decomposition, mourning, and premature burials. Romanticism is significantly characterized by its style, which centers on the use of intuition over reason and effect versus details. They used significant contrasts between evil and good as well as light and darkness. Poe, for instance, used the literary technique of symbolism in his writings, which were very common in dark romanticism. He used terrible encounters and
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