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...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 944 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 7601 literature essays, 2153 sample college application essays, 318 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.