Jerz: Am Lit I (EL 266)


Poe and Drugs (posted 8 September 2004)" ?>
Fields of Green: Poe

Edgar Allen Poe was a drug addict.

Does this detail about Poe's life help us to understand and appreciate his literature? Or should Poe's works stand on their own? What do you think?

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Poe refers to ..."this kind nepenthe" which according to Merriman-Webster is: 1 : a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow
2 : something capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering

So one could conclude that he had a lot pain in his life. The raven is full of longing for a woman that is dead and the raven seems to be a hallucination and/or metaphor for the darkness or largeness of her abscence in his life.

Posted by: Linda Fondrk on September 9, 2004 11:11 AM | Permalink to Comment

Should have previewed last comment first. I meant to put "The Raven" in quotation marks indicating I was referencing the the poem not the bird! Sorry.

Posted by: Linda Fondrk on September 9, 2004 11:13 AM | Permalink to Comment
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