Inside the Morbid Writings of Edgar Allan Poe We have put he living in the tomb! Said I not that my senses were acute? I now tell you that I heard her feeble movements in the hollow coffin. I heard them...yet I dared not-I dared not speak! Edgar Allan was expert at writing morbid literature. "The Raven", "The Black Cat", and "The Gold Bug" are just a few of Poe's writings in this morbid style. This paper will demonstrate Poe's morbid style through death, mystery, and horror. Death is much illustrated in his writings. Poe was a master of the macabre; he wove tales of grim tragedy and mystery. Macabre means suggesting death and decay. Some of this works dealing with death are "Annabel Lee', "To Helen", and "the Raven." This quotation was taken from "Annabel Lee a poem written about the death of his wife who was buried by the Hudson River.
Of my darling- my darling, my life and my bride, In the sepulcher there by the sea-In her tomb by the sounding sea (Poe, "Annabel Lee").
This quotation resembles how he writes about death. This next quotation taken from the story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," which was a detective story about gruesome murders in the Rue Morgue.
... a search was made in the chimney, and (horrible to relate!) the corpse of daughter, head downward, was dragged there from... (Poe, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue") Poe wrote stories to express a theme or unravel a mystery (Parker 34). Mystery occurs often in the works of Poe's literature. In his story, "The Gold Bug," a mysterious and sinister beetle was found by an entomologist who, after the discovery, becomes strangely disturbed. At first it seems a classic horror story, but it is in...