What are some of the major themes that run through E.A.P.'s poems?

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I need to know what some of the major themes of Edgar Allan Poe's poems were, why he chose these themes, and how they relate to his life. I need this info by Friday and I've been going crazy searching all over for it. Please, if anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

-- Anonymous, April 18, 2001


One of the major themes of Edgar Allan Poe's poems is the loss of a beautiful women. Poe is obsessed with the women, even when she is dead. Poe chose to write about this (probably unaware) out of the insecurities he felt in his own life, having lost most of the females to an untimely death.

-- Anonymous, April 19, 2001

Well, one major theme is death, which he is obsessed with throughout his life, since he lost his mother, his brother, and his wife to the same sickness, tuberculosis. Losing beautiful women is a major theme because his first love was a woman twice his age who died, his second was a woman whose father broke off their engagement and intercepted their letters, his next was his wife who died at 24, and then he courted a woman whom he became engaged to, but who broke it off because he was seeing another woman as well. Right before he died, he became engaged to his second love, who was widowed. He died before they were married however.

-- Anonymous, April 22, 2001

Having anal sex with dead, rotting bodies like his wife.

-- Anonymous, October 27, 2001

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