Next Connecting Creativity With Mental Illness When Swedish researchers combed through population registries looking for a link between creativity and mental illness, they found that writers have a slightly increased risk for depression and suicide, but their relatives do not. These results, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, suggest that something about the life of an author tends toward depression.
Such attitudes can lead to a critical error known as the biographical fallacy —the tendency to reduce great works of literature to mirrors of their authors' lives, when the authors' lives are typically less interesting and productive of meaning than their writings. No one living today would have any interest in Poe or his life if he hadn't written great poetry and fiction, so any discussion of Poe must start with his writings and their power to fascinate one generation of readers after another.
Therefore readers of this page are urged not to focus on Poe's life—though his unfortunate experiences with beloved women dying young may have influenced his aesthetics. See his Philosophy of Composition. Readers are instead encouraged to study Poe's unique status, his musical style, and his archetypal subject matter.
For this page's account of his life, scroll further down. Poe's status in American and World literature: Around the world and especially in Europe, Poe stands among the best-known, most popular and influential American authors. Academic criticism in the United States is often less enthusiastic, regarding Poe as a popular author recycling familiar gothic themes and obsessions.
Poe's influence is undeniable, however, and many authors and critics remember first reading Poe as an awakening to the imaginative and sensory power of literature. Authors influenced by or associated with Poe's styles: Robert Louis Stevenson Dr. Poe's greatest gift may be the hardest to define: Since the poetic surface of Poe's writing is impossible to duplicate, his greatest contribution to literary history may be his invention or development of genres that continue today: See "subject matter" below.
Poe's literary quality and techniques: These qualities apply to his prose and poetry. Along with Tennyson, Poe is among the most musical writers in English. His poems achieve this musicality partly through careful meter and rhyme but also through a certain dreaminess in his rhythms and a sensory pleasure in his diction or word choice.
Poe's chief rhetorical technique is to pile on superlatives "the most," "the greatest," "the darkest," "even darker than the darkest. Poe also indulges rhetorical excess through use of catalogs or detailed observations that are not so much realistic as overwhelming, suffocating, or ecstatic.
Poe is at or near the origin of several important popular genres: Many Poe stories anticipate science fictionespecially his one novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym The gothic and horror genres were already well-developed by the time Poe wrote his gothic tales, but his development of horror strongly influenced Robert Louis Stevenson Dr.
Hyde and other later horror writers.
As Poe wrote in "The Philosophy of Composition,". Poe's life and its relation or not to his writings: Poe started life with three gifts: He was handsome and athletic. He was a verbal and intellectual genius. For a few years of his early life his semi-adoptive family provided him with loving care, financial support, and education.
Despite these blessing or perhaps to some degree caused by themfrom the start Poe's life was insecure—alternately lucky and unlucky, threatened and redeemed, plagued by poverty and alcoholism or struggling to recover from either.
Above all, his life was brief.A biography (from the Greek words bios meaning "life", and graphos meaning "write") is an account of a person's life, usually published in the form of a book or essay, or in some other form, such as a film.
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