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Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet and storywriter He is known for his strong elements of mood in his work such as death torture and insanity Some of his works that display this predominant mood are The Pit and the Pendulum The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart The story The Pit and the Pendulum shows a strong mood of torture The story is about a person who is put in a torture chamber because of his religion In the story he is tied to a table and a pendulum is swung over his body When it gets close it goes back up to where it started just to torture the man This storys mood puts a dark and torturous illustration in the readers mind In Poes poem The Raven there is a predominant mood of death The poem is about a man who is visited by a raven from the underworld At first he thinks the raven is Lenore coming back from the dead The man says Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Nights Plutonian shore which means he wants to know what is going to happen to him when he dies Because of this story gives a gloomy picture of death to the reader In the short story Tell Tale Heart a man kills an elderly man because of his blue vulture-like eye The narrator tries to prove himself sane to the reader while telling the story He says It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bead Ha- would a madman have been so wise as this Because he tries so hard to prove himself sane to the reader it makes him seem even more insane Later on in the story the beating of his own heart drives him insane This short story creates a mood of insanity
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