Life for Edgar Allan Poe seems to help him build his literary creations of art, but contrary to that notion, Poe’s creations are what build his life. A complete mirror opposite of what has been theorized and proven. Think of this as the energy one puts out in to the world is the energy one will get back from the world. The death of loved ones, the scandals, and the brutal gossip mountains that encompass Poe’s life, help him to develop into a twisted mad man struggling to cope. Of course, there is no chance of Poe gaining his sanity back. The exploration route that will be taken will guide through the similarities of life and art with Poe’s fabulous creations such as Ligeia, The Pit and The Pendulum, and The Fall of The House of Usher.
First, it has been well documents that there have been many deaths in Edgar Allan Poe’s life. Each death may have brought out a story from the great writer. The truth may also be that the works of Poe’s involving love and death have aid in some of his loved ones dying. There are several stories that Poe has created before an untimely death. One story happens to be Ligeia, a creation of great love and passion for a female that the narrator has never felt before. The story of Ligeia may also be views about Poe’s love for his teenage bride Virginia Clemm. The nature of love energy written in Ligeia may have also sent a message to the life cycle of Virginia Clemm. The strength of the narrator’s love, who is believed to be Poe himself, gives off such great passion…”In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her. It was a radiance of an opium dream”(EAP 1838), such lovely words to be written about someone dear to one’s heart. Perhaps Poe is writing to Virginia Clemm herself.
So, remembering that Virginia Clemm is not a female Poe had to court for any amount of time. Therefore, any form of romance in his work can be a way to make up for the lack of romancing in his life. Surprisingly, being that is how most writers work. According to Vincent Buranelli “Poe had a flair for dramatics that a romantic poet ought to have,” which is an excellent way to describe the way he plays out Virginia as the mysterious imaginary female companion Ligeia. The viewing of Virginia as Ligeia can be debated. But, if from the stand point of true love, which Poe harbored for his first cousin/wife Virginia Clemm; the evidence is hard to deny.
Yet, there are many opinions on the matter of Ligeia representing Virginia Clemm, most of them are written, and others are spoken amongst critics, English teachers, and peers. With some help from Ronald Bieganowski work at Marquette University, “Ligeia’s beauty, learning, passion as well as [Poe’s] own intense feelings for her. What Ligeia stands for has certainly been much discussed” can aid in the many theories of his beloved being the creation of his work. For the description of Ligeia falls close to what Virginia Clemm has been said to have possession of the same great qualities. Now from Joseph Wood...