Why should Edgar Allan Poe be taught in the 11th grade curriculum? There are many opinions you could express. In this essay I will reflect on the dark and mysterious works of Poe, his personal perseverance, advanced vocabulary, the struggles he faced, and why he is such an inspiration.
Poe’s works have been in print since 1827 and are identified through many stories, such as “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Premature Burial,” “The Raven,” and many other dark works. He is an inspiration to writers and people who express themselves in dark and mysterious ways. Poe was an interesting man, he wrote very unusual pieces such as, “Annabel Lee” which is about his cousin Virginia whom he married and later and died from tuberculosis.
Although we may think this is strange now, back then it was relatively normal. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is about an incestuous family who had twins that were linked with the house, and when they died the house fell. “The Tell-Tale Heart” showed a distraught neighbor who was frightened by the eyes of an old man; he killed the man and put his heart underneath the floorboards. Many people may argue Poe might be inappropriate but doesn’t the Bible also have inappropriate things in it?
When you read his works, you think to yourself “He must have been in a really dark place in his life in to have written this”, well he was. Instead of turning all of these horrific moments into negatives, he turned them into positives with poems and short stories. With his use of advanced vocabulary and detail you have to be somewhat mature and dig deep to uncover the true meanings and understand it completely. It challenges you to push yourself into more in depth things. As you read the poems such as “Annabel Lee” you feel for the man, and all the pain he went through to remember his wife in such of a special way, you can connect with him and his sufferings.
Poe’s most popular poem, “The Raven” tells the story of a man who gets a late night visit from a mysterious bird that speaks only one word… “Nevermore.” The main theme of the poem is one of undying devotion. The narrator of the story is experiencing a conflict between the desire to forget and the desire to remember his love. We see the narrator begin the story as being weak and weary later growing regretful & finally falling into madness....