Why did Poe write such depressing poems and stories?

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Why did Poe write such depressing poems and stories?

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2000


... because he had such a depressing and shit life. Several biographies have been written. Get reading.

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2000

Poe had his own anxieties aggravated by family problems, alcoholism, drugs, and illness. He used these as sources for his suspense, and horror stories.

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2000

Poe start writing such poems. After the death of his wife. as the others say he had a really bad life and nuthin evcer went his way. But if his wife would not of died poe would have not been the writer that he is today.

-- Anonymous, October 14, 2000

So then it's a 'good' thing she died, I guess.

-- Anonymous, October 15, 2000

I think that Edgar was a lot like me he saw the world for what it was a cold ugly horrid place and was depressed because he saw that things could change but people were so blind to the problems it made him sick

-- Anonymous, November 29, 2000

In my thoughts and what i have colectivly gathered on the world around us i would have to agree with Ben Breece. Most of the comments on my Writings are "Why so dark and evil",look at Poes work its Great literary stuff.He realized whats happening to everyone and how blind they are to the REAL world thats around them. Not to many understand!

-- Anonymous, December 05, 2000

i think the poe is a good writer and he is a lot like me as far as the depresing part of him and he wirtes his poems in a way that is incredible . over all i think he wrote all the depressing liturature because he liked it and most of it was based on his life style and how he saw life.

-- Anonymous, December 12, 2000

i dont know

-- Anonymous, December 21, 2000

edgar, had a way of expressing him self, he used writing, much like i do, people were not like him, he had a way different way at the picture of life, god has given him a gift, a gift that people will rememer for awhile, see, edgar is like me, me and him think the same way, we will never fit in to the world, cause people will reject our minds and the way they work, we have both been hurt to badly to bandage out wounds, no bandages could fix them, they are permanent wounds, they are emotional wounds, just try to understand people like us, we dont come around very often, life without us, is like a bird who cant sing, bye guys, and live a good life

-- Anonymous, January 08, 2001

I have read and believe that he had came in touch with his dreams knowing the future that will come. Evil awakeing till death will come to all!!!!!!!!!

-- Anonymous, January 31, 2001

I don't know

-- Anonymous, January 31, 2001

i know this is a lot later than when you asked the question but if your still interested i believe he never got over his first love with this lady i think her name was agnes. he went to war when he was young and met her when he was injured. he went back home believing she would be his wife but she almost went with another guy. She stopped herself at the last moment realizing she loved poe more and so she tried to get back with him but he was too hurt by her leaving in the first place. he became totally depressed from that. although later he got married i still think he loved her the whole time. he knew he could never be with her again so he wrote stories that reflected his pain.

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2001


-- Anonymous, April 18, 2001

Edgar Allan Poe was an amazing writer who was not afraid to expose the world for what it really was !!!! I am a follower of Poe's writings , Everything I have ever written in the last three years has been inspired by him ! The world is a deep dark hole in which we are all trapped and people are to blind and thick-headed to realize that!

-- Anonymous, April 23, 2001

Poe suffers from having only his darker works remembered. Read more in his literary criticisms and comic pieces. His humor unfortunately falls a little short, sometimes crudely burlesque or too extreme. He was no Mark Twain and Twain disliked Poe instinctively. Twain was no poet. Also the gothic tale was a common form. Some genteel lady authors of his time wrote even more bloodcurdling grotesque stories, unrelieved by any redeeming artistry or taste. Their reputations were not marred by such. The pressures of his life would lead you to be surprised by his wit and exuberant energy, his scientific curiosity when looking at the totality of his works. You wouldn't accuse Asimov of being a flying saucer freak or possesed by aliens, would you?

-- Anonymous, April 26, 2001

Poe wrote the way he did because of his cat pluto,Pluto was a evil cat that tried to kill poe by tripeing him and trying to burn him.so poe tried to kill the cat by hanging it and cutting it's eye out and hanging him BUT!!! The cat came back the very next day and wooped his ass so he got really depressed and wrote stuff about killing people thats my theory.

-- Anonymous, December 17, 2001

and yes i no i put hanging him twice and i know i spelt tripeing wrong but i came close enough u got the point.......

-- Anonymous, December 17, 2001

He screws dead people (and cats) for god sake!

-- Anonymous, December 19, 2001

i literally think that these people have big problems , maybe they lived a depressing childhood but i mean come on laters kim

-- Anonymous, January 30, 2002

When Poe was born, the doctors implanted a seed in his ass. While he grew up, the seed started to sprout into a tree. This really pissed him off. I mean, hell, there was a tree growing from his ass. His wife couldn't see herself walking about with a man and his ass-tree, so she killed herself. If he had kids, they killed themselves, too. I sure would. Poe had always thought about cutting the tree or chopping it into some fancy shmancy artwork, but, he started to grow with it. Eventhough, he was an angered writer, he liked the uniqueness of a tree growing out of HIS ass, and no one else's. When he got older, though, he went just plain mad. Sucks to be a man with a tree in his ass, I tell ya. I wouldn't know, but I could just imagine walking into my house and my dad dropping dead from too much laughing. We wouldn't want that, now, would we?

-- Anonymous, March 18, 2002

I think he has such a depressing life because, his family had problems, all the abuse of drugs, alcohol. I know how it feels to be growning up wit that because then you feel all depressed, and writing peoples are how you could get everything out, and stories to expess your emotion.

-- Anonymous, May 02, 2002

I think your all fucking stupid. he wasn't extremely depressed or anything like that. he just knew how to dance with the flames of hell and blend them well for the era of boring boiling spews.

-- Anonymous, October 05, 2002

Because Edger Allen poe was a man dealing with depression,drugs drank to much plus he was sick alot threw his life.

-- Anonymous, October 14, 2002

because poe was a whining little slutbag lush who couldnt bear with the harsh realities of life...(smiles) seriously: a combination of his own experiences and his own fucked up perception of the world. gothic poetry was popular during his era, and he left an even more profound mark in blowing it up. anyway, nothing can affect our emotions in literature as much as depressing poems and stories can...most ppl dont write when theyre really happy, and when they do feel inspired to write about happy experiences or thoughts its not really felt as much.

-- Anonymous, October 27, 2002

i think he wrote depressing songs because he was depressed himself. i think some of the poems he wrote were mainly about him. i mean the raven, it says hes weeping for lanore...which was his wife. think, its common sense...the poems are about him.

-- Anonymous, November 30, 2002

Its your own interpretation to if you think his work really is depressing, some just find it dark and deep, not necessary depressing, maybe if you realized that life isn't all candy and roses, you could realize, he was just talking about how the world really is. Also, if you made some effort to research a little about his life, you might realize the kind of life he lead, the experiences he went through, that caused him to be the memorable man he is today.

-- Anonymous, January 19, 2003

Poe was a poet, poets write depressings stories. i dont no about you, but i hate a lot of poems that are all happy and chirpy. by the way, did u notice that if you add a 'm' to the end of poe's name, you get poem, maybe thats y he was such a good poem, ionno, maybe not, but thats my guess

-- Anonymous, March 03, 2003

Poe wrote depressing poem & stories because he had nothing better to do. Apparently there was a glitch in his life and couldn't handle it any other way. So he recorded his emotions onto paper. Poe was a child who had family problems and had alot of anger bilt up in him.

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2003

Poe wrote depressing poem & stories because he had nothing better to do. Apparently there was a glitch in his life and couldn't handle it any other way. So he recorded his emotions onto paper. Poe was a child who had family problems and had alot of anger bilt up in him. I guess thats your answer then.....

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2003

cauz he was different then most people and that y i think people of my kind r so depressed and we have some one to look up to and if u wonder im a goth but im very nice and very kind but people still think that i might be suicidal but im not

-- Anonymous, May 17, 2003

The reason why Edgar Allen was so depressed when he wrote was because he went through a lot of stuff when he was younger.He married his own cousin when she was 13 years old and when she dien he always went down to see her where she was barried at.

-- Anonymous, November 05, 2003

All of the things in his youth and the child hood that he remembers had to do with dakrness...his mothere was ill alot of his life as he was there to watch her suffer...he saw it all...and the relationship he had with his father wasnt the best either...and at one point when he was writing and was very well known...it then changed to a different point of writing in society, that was when he was writing for the newspaper and magazines, he did reviews...very daring he did so...because the way he grituqed the writers that were well liked and respected. The point I suppose he wrote dark tales because it was a reflection of memory...his childhood... perhaps that is the reason...I guess we will never know...all I know is he writes magnificently!!....


-- Anonymous, November 09, 2003

I think Poe was hot and sexy!!! ;)

-- Anonymous, January 22, 2004

He was educated, versed,and miserable.A combination that culminated into a great literary career.

-- Anonymous, February 09, 2004

Poe was a child with in trying to forget the bad things that happen in his life. the only thing that he had too hold on to was his mother and his only true love both died from the one thing he feared.living in the hell of raing tells that he never got the love he realy needed from any one drove him to the point where he just wanted to die and leave the rain behind so he kille dhim self as he die he wondered if that was the way it was to be

-- Anonymous, February 24, 2004

He was guilty of depression.

-- Anonymous, March 02, 2004

he had a sad life. lost his mum his dad... his foster dad disowned him.. his wife was his cousin... she burst a vain in her head and became an invalid and then died 5 yrs later. he got into drug and alcohol abuse and shit.. and it just messed him up. the poor bloke had some pretty big issues in his life :(

-- Anonymous, March 08, 2004

hes hella good k now he had a shit head life

-- Anonymous, April 09, 2004

i think he did it bcoz he had metal issues n he didnt know what he was doin. at times i do the smae thing but i dont fully understand what i am thinkin about.. he wrote them to try n reach out to all of us for help but nobody fully undertood wht he was tryin to do so we ignored him n thats y he did wht he did y dont u all jus under dtand o mean hell t least i understand

-- Anonymous, June 10, 2004

He wrote so many depressing peoms because he had a messed up shitty life and everyone he loved died...

-- Anonymous, June 10, 2004

i need to know why and when he started writing poems and short stories because im doing a report and i cant find it online.someone help me out please!!!

-- Anonymous, June 29, 2004

theres no 'reason' why he started writng , thats something that in a person, its a form of expression just like music art etc. Perhaps you should focus instead on 'what' he wrote and mabey 'why' he felt the way he did. Alot of that has actually been answerd already tho not in any great depth. the when, well thats part of history now so it should be easy to find out.

-- Anonymous, June 29, 2004

Basically, his whole life was shit.....

-- Anonymous, September 25, 2004

Poe's works were not actually depressing at all. They state a side that society has been taught to ignore.

-- Anonymous, December 20, 2004

it hink caues its interresting caues i like them

-- Anonymous, January 06, 2005

i just crapped my pants

-- Anonymous, January 29, 2005

OMG!!1! i AM lik soo cool coz i like gothic poem shit!!

Most of the people here, I deduce, are sad and sorrowful teenages who think they have had a tough life and think they can relate to Poe. Everyone can handle different amounts of pain, but complaining about it and being a morbid bastard will only make things worse.

On the subject, it is something that no-one can know for sure because no-one knows him. You can guess and come up with a theory from research, but that is something you should do.

-- Anonymous, February 22, 2005

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