did his writing reflect real life happenings?

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Did poe's childhood and/or illnesses affect his writings?

-- Anonymous, February 10, 2002


First let's state the less obvious and say Poe was not attempting autobiographical writings or direct references and imagery. The women were often idealized symbols of feelings and ideas(as for Dante). But of course his personal losses, upbringing, alcoholism, social difficulties and career problems all affected his moods and choice of major themes. Just as often he wrote on many other subjects, with humor, biting analysis and over a wide variety of topics. This is a big subject that often gets simplistic, incomplete answers. This is one of them.

-- Anonymous, February 10, 2002

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