why is poe a romantic writer

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Why would Edgar Allan Poe be called a romantic writer?? why are his works examples of romanticism??

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2003


poe tries to escape the daily life by using lotsa drugs, he lives in a dream, wich is typical for romantics > they try to escape the every day reality by a flight in the imagination.

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2003

Strong emotion, extreme experience and stimuli, forbidden and the new, the hidden places of the soul- these are the wellsprings of Romanticism in Poe's time, all too often confused as an mixture of the Gothic and romantic love. The produce a new wild, chaotic and daring exploration of art and thought, the fruits of that experience, breaking through the conservative shell of pragmatic realism and didactic art. Poe wrote against didactic art devoid of its soul and creativity, a backwards attempt to put social value into art rather than let powerful genuine art produce truth and beauty. "The Lake" places those inspirations and workings above all other traditional values. Other works show how that fire, that passion consumes the protagonists, seemingly beyond control or reason, or reason infomred by this passion transcends and becomes something more powerful that straightforward logic.

-- Anonymous, March 05, 2003

As many writers of Poe's time he used a set of ideas or themes in his works.

1. Idealism 2. Love of Nature 3. Interest in Past 4. Supernatural

-- Anonymous, March 06, 2003

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