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Title: Edgar Allan Poe:

Edgar Allan Poe The Master of the Macabre
artistic works that are characterized by a grim
or ghastly atmosphere. There is an emphasis on
the details and symbols of death
  • 8th Grade Reading

Legend of the Poe Toaster
  • Every year on Poes birthday, a mysterious
    visitor places three black roses and a bottle of
    cognac on his (original) grave in Baltimore, MD.
  • The identity and reasons for this remain unknown.

Edgar Allan Poe
  • Born January 19, 1809.
  • Mother was an actress.
  • Foster family by 1810(Mr. Mrs. John Allen)
  • 1829-Foster Mother dies
  • Married cousin Virginia Clemm in 1835.
  • Virginia died in 1847.
  • Died October 7, 1849 in Baltimore under
    mysterious circumstances.

First Love
  • In his teens, he fell in love with his next-door
    neighbor, Elmira.
  • Her parents disapproved, so it was broken off.
  • Some say that he never got over his heart-break.

Death Theories
  • Alcoholism
  • Congestion of the brain
  • Rabies
  • Suicide
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cholera
  • Heart disease
  • Cooping

Driven by His Fears
  • Alcoholism
  • Madness
  • Premature Burial
  • Death
  • Mourning
  • Decomposition
  • Reanimation
  • Pseudoscience

Descent Into Madness
  • Poe flirted with madness his whole life.
  • He also littered his works with insanity, often
    using the unreliable narrator as a device.

Famous Short Story Selections
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The Black Cat
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The Masque of the Red Death
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • The Purloined Letter

Famous Poems
  • The Raven
  • Annabel Lee
  • A Dream Within a Dream
  • Eldorado

The Tell-Tale Heart
Annabel Lee
The Raven
Symbolism of the Raven
  • Bird of ill omen
  • Diet of carrion
  • The dead
  • Lost souls
  • Remembrance
  • Present at creation
  • Trickster god
  • 1st bird off the Ark
  • Bran the Blessed
  • Tower of London
  • Taught Cain how to bury his brother
  • 2 at Odins shoulders, named Thought and Memory
  • NFL team
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