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Can someone give me a long explanation on why E.A.poe was so obsessed with writing about death. I know mainly cause he was surrounded by it but i need more than just that do u have n e more facts?

-- Anonymous, March 20, 2001


imaginary friend: one of his critics says that to Poe one of the most beautiful themes was "the death of a beautiful woman", death 'cause it is a melancholic topic, specially if it is the death of a young and beautiful one. He looks for the elevation of the soul, so he uses sad themes in doing this. regards berty

-- Anonymous, March 24, 2001

well i have read about poe and they say that poe was facinated with the inner workings of the mind. in most of his stories the narrator is nameless. this is because he was trying to "leap" to a different stage of thought and body. he is also facinated with being buried alive, that is evident in the house of usher and other tales. death was just one thing that facinated him. the afterlife especialy. hope this helps mail me and tell me


-- Anonymous, March 26, 2001

I heard from a speaker at school that it was because so many of his loved ones died. Every women he fell in love with ended up dying.:( SORRY IF THAT DIDN'T HELP ANY.

-- Anonymous, April 10, 2001

Dah! For all the deaths in his life. And that made him curious about death. That's why he's a Dark Romantis.

-- Anonymous, April 10, 2001

He was only a baby when his mother died. His friend's mother was an inspiration and she died when he was young. As he matured he had trouble dealing with death other than resentment, fear, anger, even guilty relief perhaps due to the fact his own mother's death was not a felt reality. He felt constantly abandonned and rootless but the dead were not gone far enough for his peace of mind. Neither reason or faith could not bridge this chasm, yet the ghosts would not let go. His idealized sentimental, romanticized or gothic nightmares about dying young women proved shallow before the long and real death of Virginia. He drank, wandered, despaired, felt relieved that her suffering was over, very different from the poetic conventions, these natural stages of grief. He never recovered from that loss. The strange, feared attachment to the ghosts proved that something was askew in his dealings with death, probably going back to his childhood.

-- Anonymous, April 26, 2001

This is a sample piece of my research paper on Poe: Poe’s mind-set was surrounded with thoughts of the spirit world. Many of his poems would trace the never-ending loop of life, death, and some sort of reincartion. Many critics think that Poe’s obsession with death and the after life came from the occurrences of so many of his love ones dieing. It was no secret that he was fixated with death and its processes--- death, burial, and the next world. Poe romanticized death-- he made it a joy; he considered death as a good thing--finally all the suffering would be over and the soul could live eternally.

-- Anonymous, April 14, 2002

Death...When a man is very much different from the others he has hard time of adapting...Edgar was a man who analized and thought and thought,meditated in his own way...His personality reached that level that he could not be surprized nor astonished any more...He tried giving racional formula to death..

-- Anonymous, July 26, 2002

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