How does Edgar Allan Poe's depression afffect each of his works?s : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I would like to know how Poe's deppression affects his works and how people who have studied him think his deppression influence each of his works, each as in seperately, for a research project for english.

-- Anonymous, January 26, 2002


I don't believe it could have been too debilitating considering the constant pressures of misfortune, personal loss. Baudelaire, his French soul brother, seems to have suffered worse, especially in artistic output. His sense of solitude added to an ambiguous haunting of lost loves seems to reveal itself in a constant conflicting need though his spirit remained unbowed(even if you look ONLY at his passionate writings which by no means gives a complete living portrait of the man.)

-- Anonymous, January 27, 2002

depression is one of the most insperational feelings you can experience. no limit can be placed on it. i know this because i am a poet,not a known one, but a poet none the less


-- Anonymous, February 01, 2002

Poe suffered from bipolar aka manic depression. The severity is often overlooked. Bipolarism has no predjudice, no ethenticity. No one is to young or to old, it is genetically passed from one generation to the next with no way to know the severity. It can affect even the greatest of minds as seen in Poe's literature.

-- Anonymous, September 04, 2002

yo mama

-- Anonymous, April 10, 2003

Edgar Allan Poe's life reflected upon death. His mother died, his step father, and his wife; also his cousin. He was depressed and released his depression upon his great works. His stories like Ligeia and others put him in the place of the narrator which helped him alot. With his depression and his intelligence, he made it big.

-- Anonymous, April 16, 2003

I am currently doing a term paper on Poe. I'm studyingd how his depression affected each of his works just as you were. I have found that most of his works revolve around the subject of death. Most of his close realtives had died and this caused him to go into deep bouts of depression. He began drinking and gambling and even attempted suicide. He was severe;y depressed anf most of his works reflect deep and dark thoughts such as death.

-- Anonymous, December 03, 2003

Poe once said that when one starts to read a short story, that one should read it from start to finish without interrupting the reading. As a person who also suffers from bipolar illness, I know of mood changes that can occur in a very short space of time. I believe Poe was speaking of the fact that stories will maintain a mood, and that that mood should not be lost with an interruption of the reading. I find that my most creative moments are when I am either in a state of depression, or in a state of hypomania (this is a state of elation and excitement). Most of my best writing comes when I am in the state of hypomania, however. It is then that I have lots of energy, and things come to my mind that wouldn't otherwise. If anyone would like to read any of my writings, I would be happy to have an audience. Just email me at Thank you, Steven

-- Anonymous, August 20, 2004

maybe its his works that efects his depression...

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2004

I think poe's depression had plenty of affect on his works because all of the death of loved ones in his life affected him which made him created such wierd and incredible and emotionally challenging stories and poems. If not for his depression he wouldn't have become famous or well-known. Even my 9 year old brother knows of him. He's also known for his creativity and imagination. So I would have to say that he's better of depressed and insane than plain and traditional and boring.

-- Anonymous, December 16, 2004

Moderation questions? read the FAQ