The Autobiographical Elements In The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe

"There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the
proportions" (Biography on Poe 8). Edgar Alan Poe endured a very difficult life
and this is evident in his literary style. He was once titled the "master of
the macabre." One of the aspects in his life with which he struggled was social
isolation. He used this as a topic in a number of poems and short stories.
Poe's life was also filled with periods of fear and irrationality. He had a
very sensitive side when it came to the female gender, any woman he was ever
close to died at an early age. Another of his major battles, actually the only
one he really lost, was his struggle with alcoholism. Of all these topics,
Poe's ...

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her death, he was then separated from his younger sister,
Rosalie. Another major low point in his life was the death of his foster mother,
Mrs. Frances Allan, and his foster father disowning him, all at one time. The
most significant set-back to Edgar Allan Poe was the death of his cousin/wife
Virginia Clemm. This single incident was the cause of almost all of his
feelings of isolation in his in his adulthood. He felt as though anyone he
became close to would die.
Poe wrote about isolation in many of his most popular works. "A Dream
Within a Dream" was not one of his more popular poems, but it discussed the
difficult process of having to say good-bye to a loved one. He also wrote, "The
Raven," in which the narrator went insane talking to a bird about losing his
lost Lenore and realizing he was all alone. A third poem in which Poe revealed
to the reader his feelings of loneliness was, The Cask of Amontillado. In this
story, the main character Fortunato, was left to ...

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Cat. The
character took the eyes out of the first cat and then killed it. After that he
proceeded to "accidentally" kill his wife with an ax, and bury her in a wall.
Another example of Poe's insanity demonstrated within his works was located in
The Tell Tale Heart, where Edgar stalked a man and eventually killed him. He
then dismembered the body, took out his heart, and buried the man under the
house. He later confessed to the police because he believed he could hear the
heartbeat of the man.
Formed very early in his life, Edgar Allan Poe had quite an attraction to
females. It began when his father left him at the age of two and never returned,
thus he never had a real ...

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