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How long was Edgar Allan Poe alive?

1809-1849

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Where was Poe born?

Boston

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What were his parent's occupations?

Theatre actors; Poe was orphaned by age 2

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Where did Poe go to college?

University of Virginia, but dropped out do to gambling debts

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What other school did Poe go to? (not university)

West Point Academy when he joined the army, until hewas dismissed for defiance of regulations

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Who did Poe marry?

Virginia Clemm, his 13 year old cousin, who died of tuberculosis

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Readers believe that Virginia Clemm was a prototype for...

Anabelle Lee

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What happened after Poe left school because of gambling debts?

His stepfather disniherited him

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What were some interpersonal conflicts and difficulties Poe experienced?

Hampered by depression and eventually turned to alchohol

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At what age did Poe die?

40

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What were Poe's occupations when he began his writing career?

Magazine and newspaper editor

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What genre of work is Poe known for?

Short stories

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What was his first volume of short stories entitled?

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque

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How did Poe use the term “Arabesque‘‘ in his first volume of short stories?

Applied to his stories in which material was selected for its strangeness and its appeal to the faculty of wonder

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How did Poe use the term “Grotesque‘‘ in his first volume of short stories?

Applied to stories which had an element of horror

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What were Poe's guidelines for writing the short story?

1) Short enough to be read in one sitting
2) Produce a single emotional effet
3) Compact - no unnecessary words

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What type of story did Poe introduce?

Modern detective story

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What is a recurring theme in Poe's poetry?

The death of a beautiful woman

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Poe was considered to be a master of the ________ horror tale

Gothic

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What were some of the distinctive themes that Poe would use?

Guilt
The human psyche
Grief and memory
The macabre (strange) and mystical (other-worldly)

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What are his most famous short stories?

The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Gold Bug, The Purloined Letter, The Masque of the Red Death, The Black Cat

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What qualities did Poe add to poetry?

Eerie quality
Distinct rhythms
Calculated musical qualities

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Name Poe's famous poems.

The Raven, Annabel Lee, Lenore, The Bells, To Hellen, Alone

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What was his first volume of poetry entitled?

Tamarlane and Other Poems

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What were Poe's contributions to the American short story?

Point of view
Creation of suspense
The exploration of the human mind
Unique tone

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Poe is respected as what 3 things?

Critic, writer, and editor

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His work is considered a refutation of what belief? Why?

Transcendentalism, because he was preoccupied with the dark, morbid, evil side of man's nature

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Define Gothicism

The use in fiction of grotesque, gloomy settings (often castles) and mysterious, violent, and supernatural occurrences to creat suspense and awe

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Define allusion

Figure of speech, making casual reference to a famous historical, biblical, or literary figure or event

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Define tone

a writer's attitude toward his subject, characters, and readers in a literary work

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Define internal rhyme

Rhyme that occurs within a line of poetry

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Define alliteration

The repetition of consonant sounds usually at the beginning of words

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Define repetition

Repeating a word, phrase, sound, or idea in a poem for emphasis

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Define assonance

The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a line of poetry

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Define point of view:

The method of presenting the reader with the materials of the story, the perspective of the story

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Name the three points of view

1) Omniscient point of view
2)Limited point of view
3) Objective point of view