Was Poe a surrealist?

greenspun.com : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

i'm trying to research surrealist artists and i'd like to know if poe was considered a surrealist poet or not.

-- Anonymous, February 24, 2003


I think he kept the boundaries between dreams and romantic settings fairly honest. Not strange or arbitrary for their own sake but beautiful and unique in their own right. He was considered a precursor in thedreaminess of his settings, their vagueness and intentional connections to dream philosophies in poems containing the word. There is a strong rationalist side to Poe at the same time that subdues the dream vision.

-- Anonymous, February 27, 2003

Poe is considered a Romantic author. Not like the romance we think but with several ideas such as : Idealism ( which Poe used the most ), an interest in history, love of natural and supernatural.

-- Anonymous, March 06, 2003

"The Man in the Crowd" may exemplify the notion that Poe was a romanticist. Poe was focusing on the ordinary man the way romanticism views society. It no longer views the hero as the important idol, but common man as the driving force.


-- Anonymous, August 21, 2004

Moderation questions? read the FAQ