His influence

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How has Edgar Allen Poe's life and writing influenced other people to write poems such as his? Is there any poems that stand out that have influenced others?

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2004


after i read all of his work i wanted to write just like him. i do try to write like him but no one can cause he was a great writer. the movies were influence by him and i think steven king too.

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2004

Poe's writing has greatly influenced the decades of writers following him. In all reality though, I do not think you can find a person who immortalized him and his literature enough to write like him. Several other writers admired him in his day, and afer. Several modern day writers also admire him and have been influenced others to WRITE. Again, only to write - not to be like him.

His influence however - has encouraged people to write from a different point of view. Instead of just the hero, we were introduced into the madman. Instead of the detective, we were the killer. He opened up a new era of creating different profiles for the lead character. Detective stories, thrillers- all owe their existence to Poe who made it popular.

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2004

i think that you could write like him. you can write storyes like him by putting the charchters in different spots. you can place them there but write a different story. that is writing like him.

-- Anonymous, March 10, 2004

Don't try to write poetry like Poe. Poe was a gifted man, and also insane at the same time... I would know, I created him. He only wrote poetry for his self-sentimental value. So don't expect to get anything from it, that includes meaning's and inspiration.

-- Anonymous, March 10, 2004

As much as it galls certain critics, time has shown that marks of unmathcable genius, the strong stamp of creativity and the iindividual soul that cannot be as easily imitated as they appear. Even numerous parodies merely prove that, whereas most other Romantic poets not only are not so popularly memorable but lack the austere(in devices, imagery etc.)authenticity of the presumed Romantic hero, the "Byronic" model for example. Poe was no Byron, but Poe's poems ARE Poe in ways that make Byron's seem mere performances. That intensity and genius is mirrored best in Baudelaire who is different but just as dysfunctionally authentic and brilliant in abbreviated craft.

For an example try other examples of abbreviated genius, say the parables of Jesus, also quite impossible to imtitate so bound are they with all the art and individual communication of a great mind and a unique life . This perfect poetry deriving organically and masterfully from the perfect poetic life is a dysfunctional ideal, but one that made Poe at least a precursor for many many poets that came after, moreso than prestigious craftsman like Longfellow or Emerson.

-- Anonymous, March 11, 2004

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