Why is all Edgar Allen Poe's writings defined as weird writings images?

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If anyone can help me out soon, I would like it. Thank you

-- Anonymous, November 14, 2000


His writing was considered weird because no one else was this crazy.

-- Anonymous, January 14, 2002

Poe's writings were considered "weird" for a few reasons. Foremost and most obvious, is that much of his work was, to put it lightly, was gross. He showed sides of the human nature that readers had never explored before, and therefore in ignorance, they dismiss it as weird. His writings actually do seem weird to me along with everyone else that doesn't have a VERY open mind. He also described atmosphere with almost grueling detail, which is also unusual.

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2002

It's easy to see why this question keeps coming up but it is depressing all the same.

The simple answer is that it is not Poe's work which is dominated by 'weirdness' but modern anthologizers who select only that element from his corpus. Perhaps, as someone has suggested on a different thread here, that this is all we choose to remember of him says more about us than the man or his era.

-- Anonymous, April 03, 2002

Tru dat my brotha.

-- Anonymous, July 01, 2002

edgar allen poe's father

-- Anonymous, October 17, 2002

hmm...2 years later

-- Anonymous, October 15, 2004

I know this is much much later, but I am doing research on Poe now and felt inclined to reply for future reference. I would argue that Poe's writing was weird for three reasons: His unsettling life, the time period he grew up in, genius. His life and the events in it are disturbing and upsetting to say the least, but I don't fault his foster-father for that (Read The Haunted Man for more on Mr. Allan) and this life simply offers the vehicle for such a path of morrbid tales accompanied by alcohol. It must also be adressed that Poe must have felt that this creative morrbid writing ( although not all were) would be most successful, and he was right ( As shown by the increase of pass and quantity in his later years. Ultimately though the man was a genius. That's my two cents

-- Anonymous, February 09, 2005

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