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During the nineteenth century literary writers were encouraged in transcendentalism Their main focus was on capturing the spirituality in nature For example authors such as Henry Thoreau and Ralph Emerson were dominating the world of poetry and prose with their tales of nature From Thoreaus journey through the Maine Woods to Emersons Nature the transcendental ere was in the main stream Yet not all of the nineteenth century writers shared this same viewpoint As a matter of fact one writer emerging who proved to be just as prominent had a viewpoint in direct opposition of his contemporaries The great Edgar Allen Poe though born during the same period and encountered the same influences would emerge as a different writer Those others Emerson Hawthorne Thoreau Whittier and Holmes turned toward Wordsworth while Poe took Coleridge as his loadstar in his search for a consistent theory of art Perkins 1236Poes creativity was perhaps due to the lifestyle in which he lived It was obviously different much more harsh and filled with heartache and death His influence on the arts was different from that of his contemporaries as well He influenced the course of creative wiring and criticism by emphasizing the are that appeals simultaneously to reason and to emotion and by insisting that the work of art is not a fragment of the authors life nor an adjunct to didactic purpose but an object created in the cause of beautywhich he defined in its largest spiritual implication 1236His life was a very tragic which was displayed through many of his works Some of his poetry for example could be construed as horrid accounts of death The Raven evidently was a gruesome depiction of the torment he faced after the death of his young wife Virginia Of course we know that Annabel Lee was also about her death but The Raven was a darker tale of Poe blaming himself for her untimely passing Other works that cast a
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