What elements of Poe’s life particularly stand out to you? From what you read and already know about Poe’s work, how do you think those elements of his life might have influenced his writing?
Some student responses may include reference to the tragedies Poe faced throughout his life, his alcoholism and drug addiction, and struggles with mental health issues. Students who know more about Poe’s work may make connections between these tragedies and Poe’s dark and pessimistic outlook on life and love. One way to facilitate this discussion could be to chart out the various events in Poe’s life next to the themes that arise in his poetry and have students make connections as...
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