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FC: Edgar Allan Poe January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849
1: The creators | Allison Weber Morgan Whitaker Emma Topp Danielle Handschuh Jack Kline Manoj Gopinath
2: 1. How was Poe an innovator in this aspect of his writing? | Poe was an innovator as a literary critic because he wrote harsh reviews. When he first became a critic, instantly people knew who he was because he had a very distinct type of review written in the paper. He would search for weak points in the authors writing, then pounce on it with pleasure and tear it apart, writing a review full of bitterness and stinging words. He thought very highly of himself. He condescended other authors about their pieces and their writing styles. He saw himself as a literary genius, and he let everyone know it. He was a man who was not afraid to speak what was on his mind.
3: Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be America's first significant literary critic or, at least, the first major writer in America to write seriously about criticism, about the theory of composition, and about the principles of creative art.
4: 2. How was Poe influential to future writers and artists, and readers based on this aspect of his writing? | At First, Poe started getting into prose, which is a form of language which applies ordinary grammatical structure and natural flow of speech rather than rhythmic structure (as in traditional poetry). Poe began working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world. Poe was the first critic to harshly write about a piece. By doing this, he had other critics look up to him as he became widely known for his personal style. He inspired other critics to write harsh reviews, just like he did. | As an editor of a magazine, Poe's views on literary criticism were influenced by the nature of the short works of art that would appeal to the magazine-reading public. But irrespective of his journalistic position, his critical views on the nature of what was and was not acceptable in a work of art have become famous and have had an enormous influence on subsequent writers.
5: People's Thoughts: Fellow critic James Russell Lowell called him "the most discriminating, philosophical, and fearless critic upon imaginative works who has written in America", suggesting – rhetorically – that he occasionally used prussic acid instead of ink. | Boston may have inspired another of Poe's most well known works: "The Fall of the House of Usher." When Poe was living in Boston i believe he got the most influence because of all of the fantasies and stories that were there. Including the two bodies that were found wrapped together in an Usher house in Boston 39 years before Poe wrote his story and i think this Story id the inspiration Poe got for The Fall of The House of Usher. And as for the cask of Amontillado there was also a man and his friend that were celebrating and got drunk and one of the friends locked up the other and he died but no one knows if this is actually true. | While nobody will ever be able to get into Poe's head, one thing is clear: every place Edgar Allan Poe lived had a dramatic effect on him and greatly influenced his stories and poetry.
6: 3) What aspects of his life and experiences do you think had the largest impact on his writing in your assigned genre? | When Poe was a young child his parents had died, and because he was so young it didn’t affect him then, but in the years to come he starts to become darker and when he became a literary critic the death of his parents made him harsh and cruel. When he was in college his father gave him money but not enough to support him. Poe had to turn to gambling to help support himself. Even that wasn’t enough, and the gambling gave him bad habits like drinking. The drinking made his criticism even harsher. With the deaths of his parents and all the drinking and gambling and the bad habits he gained his criticism was harsh and rude. I think that these aspects of Poe’s life caused him to be rude on his literary criticism.
7: All that made him call some of the best writers in his time, bad writers. He said they used puffery, a style to gain profit. One of the main reasons that Poe became a literary critic is simply because he needed a job. When Mr. Allan died, he left Poe with no money to support himself. So, he went to find a job that paid.
8: Poe is continuing to grow today in popularity Because he used universal themes about death, revenge, and the supernatural that are still valid to this day. He also revolutionized modern fiction in multiple genres. | Poe will always be remembered because his literary criticism because he was the first person to every write harshly about a article. By doing that, he starting a new style of criticism and people followed his example. He is more popular today than he was in his lifetime. | Why does Poe, the person, as well as his writing, continue to grow in popularity today? What is his lasting legacy?
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