~ Edgar Allan Poe’s Writing Style ~

Edgar Allan Poe  has a unique and dark way of writing.  His mysterious style of writing appeals to emotion and drama.  Poe’s most impressionable works of fiction are gothic.  His stories tend to have the same recurring theme of either death, lost love or both.
For example, in the short story ” The Cask of Amontillado” opens with a first person narrator (Montresor) who speaks of his plan to kill Fortunato.  Montresor states,”I must not only punish, but punish with impunity” (Poe 144)  Poe has a brilliant way of taking gothic tales of mystery and terror and mixing them with variations of a romantic tale by shifting emphasis from surface suspense and plot pattern to his symbolic play in language and various meanings of words.  Poe uses a subtle style, tone, subconscious motivation of characters and serious themes  to shift his readers towards a demented point of view.  This is the unique tactics Poe utilizes that makes him an impressionable writer and poet.
Edgar Allan Poe’s inspiration came from a women who lived in England named Elizabeth Barrett .  Elizabeth Barrett had written a work called “Lady Geraldine’s Courtship”.  Poe had dedicated another one of his works “The Raven” to Elizabeth because he had admired “Lady Geraldine’s Courtship” so much.  Poe’s admiration for “Lady Geraldine’s Courtship” came from its “fierce passion” and “delicate imagination.”(Museum)   Barrett felt privileged due to the high respect the people of England held for Poe.  Barrett stated,”There is poetry in the man, though, now and then seen between the great gaps of bathos. . . the “raven” made me laugh, though with something in it which accounts for the hold it took upon people; Your ‘Raven’ has produced a sensation, a “fit horror” here in England; Some of my friends are taken by the fear of it and some by the music; I hear of persons haunted by the “Nevermore,” and one acquaintance of mine who has the misfortune of possessing a “bust of Pallas” can never bear to look at it in the twilight.”(Museum).  The two had created a connection to each other through works.  Poe inspiration came from this connection, thriving him to compete with her while falling in love with her.
Advertisements