Is it true that Poe is...a homosexual? : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

Is it true that Poe is a homosexual? We came to analyze this when we had our literary criticism. His homo-sub-emotions are hidden in the angst from most of his literary pieces. Have you traced it also?

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2001


He had a wife he couldn'thave been gay

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2001

No all his lovers died of consumtion

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2001

No! Poe was not I belive that he loved his wife very much so how could he be one? Common?

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2001

No... not gay... just really really REALLY depressed. He was bi-polar... but not gay.

-- Anonymous, April 04, 2001

either way he married his cousin.


-- Anonymous, April 20, 2001

Come on! He had something like 5 loves in his life...all female...and was too busy writing and finding jobs to have gay lovers, between all those chicks.

-- Anonymous, April 22, 2001

LOL how could he be gay? well maybe but i highly doubt he was

-- Anonymous, May 02, 2001

I find it difficult to believe that Poe was a homosexual. Women were a very important part of his life, and his strong hatred of men like his father and foster father would have most likely kept him from harboring same sex tendencies.

-- Anonymous, May 04, 2001

poe was definately not gay. he had many romantic interests (including a wife) and they were all women. some speculate that he never had sex with his wife, but i forget the reasons that were supposed to back up that claim. anyway, no, there's no way he was gay. that is all.

-- Anonymous, May 07, 2001

No, just a pedophile and necrophiliac.

-- Anonymous, June 02, 2001

솔직히, 게이라기 보다는, 아니, 완전히 게이는 아니고, 페도필이지. 미친 놈 아냐-_-? 작품은 뛰어나다만... 하여튼 이상한 사람이었어.

-- Anonymous, September 25, 2001

He was not a gay man, he indulged in insest, but the marraige was arranged, by his aunt. I don't beleive that he was a very sexual man in the first place let alone take it in the ass.

-- Anonymous, January 16, 2002

Funny how black and white this discussion is.
It would not surprise that the guy went both ways.
And who ever said that marriage defined one's sexual orientation?

-- Anonymous, January 19, 2002

Poe was a freaking weirdo a good poet,but a weirdo and if half of his work was based upon is life he might have experimented.

-- Anonymous, March 17, 2002

Is that so? I doubt. But I don't have doubts if your question could have been about Sigmund Freud, huh?

-- Anonymous, May 09, 2003

My co-workers believe so. I'm starting to. Looking back at his works: how Montressor sealed Fortunato; how the main character in Tell-Tale heart killed his master, I'm starting to believe that he was. Yet, this doesn't refrain me from loving the man's works and the man himself. Whoever raised this question, I DO NOT CARE IF HE WAS.

-- Anonymous, October 12, 2004

First of all, please xcuse my english. Whether he was gay or not is not going to diminish his quality as a writer. To be married it does not mean that he was not gay. To be in love with his wife also not. Have you heard about bisexuality. We have to consider that at those times, the institution of marriage was something very strong and absolutely impossible to disolve, a sort of sacrilege. The marriage was also used as a way to cover that shame or sin. Maybe the fact that he hated his father could be based ( repeat maybe ) in unpleasant experiences with him when childhood. It is known the fact that some parents trigger or provoque homosexuality or sexual disorders when they abuse their childrens ( sexually, physically or mentally ). But at the end what ever it is, it does not matter, his sexual preference is only that: HIS. And as I said at the beginning that is not going to diminish his quality as a writer. Thanks for listening.

-- Anonymous, December 02, 2004

He might have been gay cause he never had kids or maybe he did all his women in the ass and mouth only and never spread his seed. He was a closet homo which is why he dropped out of militry school cause he got tired of hangin around a bunch of guys.

-- Anonymous, February 04, 2005

He was not gay! he was to drugged up to be a homo.

-- Anonymous, February 09, 2005

Theinin huh? I've read a few of your other postings and I think you're in widespread denial on this subject concidering you don't seem to have put much thought into your answers.

-- Anonymous, February 09, 2005

i know u ur that 5,000 year old vampire

-- Anonymous, February 09, 2005

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