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Whitman Dickinson Crane Frost Cummings and Longfellow All examples of prominent and reputable men and women of the past who had one thing in common a love for poetry They wrote on the dignity of man nature war politics theology and of nursery rhymes Yet there was one poet who was prominent but not reputable or well liked He was known as Edgar Allan Poe Due to his drinking reviewers have made him sound like the town drunk who staggers around writing stories of death and horror With the aid of his psychological stories critics have proclaimed him necrophilic dipsomanic paranoid impotent neurotic oversexed a habitual taker of drugs until all that is left in the public eye is an unstable creature sitting gloomily in a dim room the raven over the door the bottle on the table the opium in the pipe scribbling mad verses Bittner httpetextlibvirginiaedupoealumnewspoe-allhtml Poe was criticized by many because his life was marred by infrequent but intense drinking bouts that gave him a bad reputation and although he was said to be a habitual taker of drugs and insane he was none of these and in fact virtually created the detective story and perfected the psychological thriller - a testament to his brilliance and sanity The Murders in the Rue Morgue is if not the first of its kind the first work of fiction in which a crime is solved by extensive analysis Poe attributes the popularity of this story to being something in a new key people think they are more ingenious than they are--on account of their method and air of method In the Murders in the Rue Morgue for instance where is the ingenuity of unraveling a web which you yourself the author have woven for the express purpose of unravelingPoe httpetextlibvirginiaedupoealumnewspoe-allhtml Poe expressed the detective in the story C Auguste Dupin as being abstract wandering around at night and having a sort of
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