The Role Of Grief In Edgar Allan Poe's Poetry

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Life and death is something that we must all face here on earth. Everyone processes death in a unique way. Even though stages of mourning are universal, and are experienced differently, we all suffer and go through similar stages of grief which helps us to cope with the loss of loved ones. From information found in the biographical section of the Norton Anthology, we learned that Edgar Allan Poe was a writer during the 19th century but was not your average romantic writer. He wrote in the literary genre called “Dark Romanticism” were his writing displayed works of horror and mystery. He was an unstable man that battled with alcoholism throughout his life. He lost two wives which had a major influence on his writing. In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, he describes his feelings and physical state after losing the love of his life. I will share with you my personal experience of losing my son’s father at the age of twenty-five, I will also describe my feelings of grief and ways to …show more content…
When Poe says “From my books surcease of sorrow” (613) he is expressing that he is depressed over the loss of his love Lenore, and trying to escape his sorrow by reading a book. Reading is a good way to distract you from feeling depressed over the loss of a loved one. I enjoyed reading the Bible while I was mourning. Second Corinthians 1:3-4 says that, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (KJV) .Not only did it distract me, but I also found some comfort in the bible verses with God’s reassurance. Depression made me feel angry, lonely, and as if I were all alone in this big old world. It made me withdraw from my normal activities and I lost my enthusiasm for