How did Poe's life + childhood affect his writings? : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I need to write a term paper on how Poe's life, + upbringing affected his greusome writings . . does anyone have any ideas, or good sites you can link me to? Or if you can think of an easier, maybe more origial topic, give me the ideas :) Thanks!!

-- Anonymous, March 04, 2002


I see that you needed info on E. A. Poe. I can't really help you out, but I was hoping you could help me........ I'm in the same situation as you are/were. I don't know much about computers and I cannot seem to pull up or find any info I need about this. I also do not know how to submit my own question on this site, so that's why I am responding to yours. I'm sorry. But if it's not inconvenient for you, could you please email me the info or websites you received(if any at all)? Thank YOU!!!

-- Anonymous, March 04, 2002 is a decent biography... ummm try and, they should be of use...

If all else fails, default to searching for Edgar Allan Poe biography.

-- Anonymous, March 04, 2002

The dangerous land of remote psychology! First separate the unique and often repeated themes in Poe's work(tales, essays and poems). It has been suggested the death by tuberculosis of his mother and other significant females has significance for tales such as Usher(the sister coughs up blood) the lugubrious color red in MANY works, red wine, red light, dead or dying or not quite dead young females. Poe considered the best themeatic treatment to be of a young female dying prematurely.

Loneliness in childhood, his siblings split up, his brother at sea, his schooling among strangers in England, his loss of parents and guardians, his unsuccess at love, his disasters with even modest encounters with vice(gambling, alcohol). Then you can see "William Wilson"(loneliness at school exagerrated to madness), "The Assignation", his lonely, melancholy, self-sufficient but terrified heros, his extremism at pushing the boudaries he never quite escapes from, the meories of the dead that never quite go away, the lack of comofrt in past memories and future Hope. Try with much info, all works of Poe and a critical bibliography. Other articles at and

The gruesome aspects are actually only the outer limits of such influences. Often Poe does not take them too seriously, mood builders, not too supernatural.

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2002

Renee, I am also writing a paper on Poe. I am taking the view of his alcoholism and how it effected his work. being an alcohol counselor I do know that alcoholism can be inherited. if he grew up in this type of environment it would effect his childhood and how he viewed the world around him. check out the site Good luck on your paper. if you find anything on Poe and alcohol please let me know. Thanks Sharlene Muir

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2002

Had you knoticed in all of Poe's works with women included, the women are like goddesses or motherly like? I'm writing a research paper on Poe and I think that all throughout his life he was missing a motherly figure... and all throughout his life he looked for one. He has a complete work of poems about different women in his life and so such. I also think his writnings are due to his time to think and talk in his head... I mean, if a person is left to their true self.. nevermind... Poe waas a genius!

-- Anonymous, April 14, 2002

OK, i went to like you all suggested, but it really had nothing =( why did you all put it?

-- Anonymous, August 27, 2002

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