Although we’ve already explored The Masque of the Red Death, A Dream Within a Dream, and The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe’s work contains many more hidden recesses and dark depths. Moreover, Poe’s writings are often thought of as manifestations of his personal life, which point to mindset of strange and somber qualities.
If you are a member of the F-Block Creative Writing squad, click the link and prepare to investigate more of Poe’s life and work!
THE TASK: First, you are going to read Jess Nevins’ Reality as Grotesque Deception (click here to access the article). Upon finishing the article, find and read another poem or short story by Edgar Allan Poe. To access these works, feel free to visit Poe Stories, a comprehensive website dedicated to the writer. Once you’ve done this, respond to the following prompts by using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page. For full credit, your responses must consist of complete sentences and demonstrate active engagement.
A) In what way(s) does Nevins’ article reinforce some of the mythology surrounding Poe’s life/work? In what way(s) does the article argue against some of the popular sentiments regarding the writer?
B) According to Nevins’ article, how did Poe feel about material reality? What do you think of this notion? (Hint: look at the first paragraph on the second page’s right column.)
C) What additional poem/short story did you read? What is a passage/line/quotation that you found especially intriguing? Why?
D) Having now fully engaged with Poe’s life and work, what do you think of the writer?