Edgar Allan Poe’s work represented the fear of death that was present in an age when people died young far too often With all of the dark imagery that fills Edgar Allan Poe’s work, it is easy to see why he is among the most controversial of American writers. However, what is less well-known is why Poe wrote the sort of material he did; what motivations prompted him to focus so much time and effort on death, dying and decay? There are possibly many explanations, but one that appears particularly persuasive is that Poe channelled the broad fears his nineteenth century society had about death. Put simply, in an age when contagious disease, chronic disease and high mortality rates were commonplace, Poe’s emphasis upon the theme of death and...The end:
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