Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Peter Montalbano

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allen Poe, a man who used some of the most amazing, unbelievably creative, awesome, fantastic and cool adjectives to write his stories, is much beloved by the literary community. If asked to describe Poe’s writing style, the term “gothic” would be the first words that came to mind.

Poe may not have spent a lot of time describing nature in his stories, but the settings are a subtle undertone of darkness that enhances the gothic nature of the story. In Ligeia Poe uses the bedchamber as a way of describing what death feels like and how it can affect a setting.

In The Fall of the House of Usher Poe immediately immerses us in a time where there is gloom, the story begins with "…dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year….". Nature may not play a prevalent role in these tales, but it is definitely woven into them and helps to create a dark feeling throughout the stories.