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was poe a genius or a madman?

-- Anonymous, March 19, 2002


Genius. The madman charge is not even close no matter how disturbed or ill he acted at times in his last year.

-- Anonymous, March 21, 2002

Edgar Allen Poe was not just a genius he was an artist. My theory is someone with a mind as imaginative and beautiful as Poe's cannot have just thoes quailties without recieveing some negative ones also. Yes he was parially insane but without that insanity he couldn't have created the works that grace almost every literature book and touch hundreds upon thousands of hearts.

-- Anonymous, March 25, 2002

Madman, thats easy...he wasnted anal sex so much he got violent about it...i had to refuse him last night so watch out

-- Anonymous, March 25, 2002

Perhaps Poe was both madman and genius. Some suggest that there's only a small difference between the two.

-- Anonymous, April 18, 2002

I agree with the previous post, as well as shakspeare, people often think that madmen and genius's are very similar and there is a fine line between the two, but whichever he was, his works are everlasting in literature, and whichever he is classified as takes nothing away from what he has contributed

-- Anonymous, April 21, 2002

I think he was both, because he did write some pretty twisted and creepy shit, but that's what makes people remember him and his work. His way of painting an image in your head was not only explicit, but made you feel like you were there. And that you could feel the fear creeping up your spine and coming out of your face with a "Oh my gosh" feeling. So, morely I think you could say he was a genius, because of the way he could fill your body and soul with fright.

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2004

The only difference between a genius and a madman is that a genius produces something worthwhile to society. How do I know? I am one.

-- Anonymous, May 25, 2004

He was a genius, in no way was he a madman, have u ever though that he was just so smart that he knew exactlly wat he was doing and was meant to be doing it etc etc but we are just not of his intellectual level hence we cannot comprehend it?

-- Anonymous, September 09, 2004

He is no dout a genious. He inspired fear within many souls and struck shock in almost all who read his work. I, however, do not fear his stories and poems. I do not fear his continuing look on death. He stikes fear within those who fear death. He shocks those who ingore unpleasent things. He is ridiculed by those who think him mad. Those who think him mad have never truely suffered. He is no dout a genious. He found a way to scare the most brave of people, by scaring them with what has always been feared, death.

-- Anonymous, October 10, 2004

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