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What influenced Poe's writings?, What did he influence through his writings?, What life experiences show up in te poetry?, What historical references or influences are part of the poetry?, If you could answer these questions for me that woud be great, thank you!
-- Anonymous, December 20, 2002
Poe's writing was inspired by a german writer, i forgot his name. Anyway science fiction was introduced to america by Poe but he did not create it . americans were at first afraid of Poe's work but excepted it over time. Poe influenced other writers to try this new style of writing, science fiction.
-- Anonymous, January 24, 2003
many people believe that Poe's life was filled with drugs and alcohol because of the trama created by the poeple in his life and that he took the everyday things he saw in his influenced perspective and wrote out his inner fears.
-- Anonymous, November 26, 2003
Here's a paragraph copied from http://www.heureka.clara.net/art/poe.htm that I found to be helpful in answering this question. And as far as life experiences, probably stuff with drugs and the disorder he had that made him appear to be dead when he wasn't that gave him a fear of being buried alive.
A measure of the success of Poe was the influence he was to exert upon a successive generation of writers: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes was in part modelled on C Auguste Dupin), Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne (Le Sphinx des Glaces was a sequel to The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket), Herman Melville (Moby Dick owes much to The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket), Joseph Conrad (praised the authenticity of descriptions of the sea), Mann (thought 'William Wilson' to be the classic Doppelganger tale). Poe's influence was strongest in France, where he was to have a direct influence upon Baudelaire, Mallarme, Verlaine and Rimbaud. In turn, Poe was influenced by an earlier generation of European writers: Coleridge, De Quincy, Byron, Shelley, Keats.
-- Anonymous, December 15, 2004