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  1. Introduction.
    1. The life of Edgar Allan Poe in his stries.
    2. His life after the death of Virginia.
  2. His training at West Point reflecting in Black Cat.
  3. Red Death.
  4. Poe's about death.
  5. Annabelle Lee - the most disturbing poem that Poe wrote.
  6. The Cask of Amontillado and Poe's phobia about being buried alive.
  7. Conclusion.

The life of Edgar Allan Poe can easily be found throughout all of his stories and poems. It would be unfair to say that Poe only wrote autobiographical fiction, but his work does parallel his life. His life was a perfect match for great fiction. While it is true that his life was horribly tragic, and many times bizarre, it was also great material for writing.

[...] And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood- bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all. (Poe, Red Death) Virginia could not escape her red death either, and Poe knew that it could not be done. [...]


[...] The narrator in the story has allowed alcohol turn his personality from a docile young man to a perverse demonic person who does things so cruel that it is difficult to read. There is absolutely no evidence that Poe was ever anything but kind to Virginia, but perhaps this story displays the fear that he would do her harm. It could also represent the fury that he felt toward the disease. Poe's experience at West Point is also displayed in The Black Cat. [...]


[...] (Poe, Annabelle Lee) Through the narrator of the poem, Poe even blames the angels in heaven for the death of his beloved. The angels, not half so happy in heaven, Went envying her and me- Yes!?that was the reason (as all men know, In this kingdom by the sea) That the wind came out of the cloud by night, Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee. (Poe Annabelle Lee) When he makes the reference to the wind, he is also referencing the breath that was taken from Virginia because her lungs were failing her. [...]

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