STATION 2: ABOUT EDGAR ALLEN POE

READ the quotes below. TAKE NOTES and DISCUSS what these quotes infer about Edgar Allen Poe as a person and/or a writer.

After you have discussed your inferences, SHARE your findings by creating a "Fakebook" page for Edgar Allen Poe.

Your page must have:
  • At least five posts based on what you have learned or can infer about Poe as an author and/or a person;
  • A complete Fakebook profile

Try to make your page as real as possible. SUPPORT your inferences with evidence. Really make that connection!


EXTEND YOUR LEARNING:
Feel free to use the additional research links below to find additional information about Poe that supports your quote findings.

CREATE YOUR FAKEBOOK PAGE

When you have completed your page, copy the link to your page and submit below.

WORDS THAT MAY "TRIP" YOU UP

lofty
folly
melancholy
trances
ethereal
eternal
lurk
intervals
sanity

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a year ago
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Matt: So the relationship between his own possible madness and the madness of his narrators is very complicated.

a year ago
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Katie - so with my above findings in mind, it seems one would have a hard time keeping in touch with reality and keeping a sound mind. It makes sense that he would drift in and out of sanity.

a year ago
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Dawn: In that sense of being clinically insane I think in those days what is different was considered crazy.

a year ago
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Beth: You made an excellent point. I did not initially realize that these quotes were from Poe's fiction. There is no title given in the citation. In order for me to make an inference about Poe himself, rather than his work, the words would have to be about himself, not a fictional character. Characters are not always direct reflections of ourselves.

a year ago
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What amazing examples! Thank you!

10 months ago
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Mary/Steph: Edgar Allen Poe was not insane, but misunderstood. He had a creative mindset and was innovative beyond his time. If he had been born in the times of Wes Craven and/or Stephen King, he would have been marked for his genius. "His creative talents led to the beginning of different literary genres, earning him the nickname "Father of the Detective Story" among other distinctions. His life, however, has become a bit of mystery itself. And the lines between fact and fiction have been blurred substantially since his death."

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10 months ago
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Mary/Steph: Did he have some emotional baggage? Sure, his father left when he was young, his mother died when he was three. He was separated from his siblings. Later in life, he lost his wife. Literary criticism, sure! His literary experiences helped him express these feelings of loss, anger, and pain. Give the guy some credit! He could have turned into a serial killer, but instead his weapon of choice was the might pen! We all have our baggage.

10 months ago
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Mary/Steph: His last words were "Lord, help my poor soul." As he said, "the scariest monsters are those that lurk within our souls." In short, Poe was human we all have inner struggles and without compassion from our fellow man - we would all be insane.

10 months ago
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Mary/Steph: "Shortly after his passing, Poe's reputation was badly damaged by his literary adversary Rufus Griswold. Griswold, who had been sharply criticized by Poe, took his revenge in his obituary of Poe, portraying the gifted yet troubled writer as a mentally deranged drunkard and womanizer. He also penned the first biography of Poe, which helped cement some of these misconceptions in the public's minds." http://www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160#mysterious-death What would your life story say, if your mortal enemy wrote it?

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