Similarity between Edgar Allen Poe "the Sphinx" and his life : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I have research paper due tommorow on the similarity between poe "the sphinx" and his life. How did this story relate Poe's life when it was written. I need sources. Can someone help me out please. I read something about it being the medication that he was on at the time. made him allusinate.

-- Anonymous, December 05, 2001


Ashley: I think you mean that Poe was using opium, just as the narrator of 'The Sphinx' did. In which case, see loads of threads here, you are wrong. There is little to no evidence that Poe was an opium addict.

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2001

In The Sphinx as in the detective stories Poe portrays the two sides of his own mind, the romantic poet and the astute rationalist. A sort ofdialogue with himself builds both characters who share both traits but in unequal measure. In the Sphinx the rationalist completely triumphs over the self-deluded fantasist in a somewhat humorous finale, like poe laughing at himself and putting his romantic predilections in teasing perspective. And perspective is exactly what the story is about.

Now look at many of Poe's poems and tales AND essays and you will see how this dual perspective plays through a host of permutations where first one then another then a blend of both seems to recast the inner dialogue with masteful art.

-- Anonymous, December 07, 2001

Flying scarab or porous Sybil??

Blah, blah, blah

What is the link between the bishoplike Sphinx and the Man who Was? Oedi-poe’s; no less, no more.

Blabber from riddle-land

originally established in Trebuchet MS

-- Anonymous, December 10, 2001

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