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Borough Of Manhattan Community College

Edgar Allan Poe: Recurring Theme
By
Eric Torres

Professor J. Carlacio
ENG 201 - 071
14 March 2014

Edgar Allan Poe: Recurring Theme
Edgar Allan Poe was an inimitable poet in the world of literature. Due to intensely traumatic events that occurred in his personal life, his anxiety led to a strong emphasis on a recurring theme of death particularly a woman not only within his poems. Although the death of a woman was common amongst his work, Poe in fact held women in high regard. There were a number of women present in his life that nurtured and comforted him, but the few he chose to acknowledge and genuinely care for coincidentally would die which was a major part why Poe often went through severe episodes of depression. Poe’s depression led him to a dark emotional state and caused a constant playback of death within his mind. Mourning many years in his life his love for women and experience with death combined to form a curiosity for the unknown and he transitioned this madness into his work.
Poe was deeply in love with his wife Virginia. They married each other in the year 1836. She had passed in result of what was then known as consumption to what is now known as Tuberculosis in the year 1847. Within the course of those eleven years Virginia’s presence in his life played an important role in shaping his literary work. From the first time they had met to even after her death, she inspired Poe indefinitely.
In Annabel Lee Poe in a first person point of view describes a story strikingly similar to the relationship between him and his wife Virginia: It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden lived there whom you may know, By the name of ANNABEL LEE, And this maiden she lived with no other thought, Than to love and to be loved by me,
She was a child and I was a child,…...

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