An Analysis of “Beauty of Death” in Edgar Allen Poe’s Poetry
English Language, Literature & Culture
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages: 20-24
Received: Mar. 3, 2018; Accepted: Mar. 14, 2018; Published: Apr. 9, 2018
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Jiaqi Yin, School of Education, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
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Edgar Allen Poe was one of the greatest poets in America and the poems he created have a great impact on not only American literature but the whole world. In many of his poems, “death” is almost everywhere, and through these poems his aesthetic view was revealed. In Poe’s mind, the terror and ugliness of death is another form of beauty, and this sort of beauty is eternal and transcends time and space. The author analyzes different presentations of “beauty of death” in Poe’s poems and finds that, in Poe’s mind, death does not mean the end of life, but a kind of rebirth and a sublimation of soul, and it helps people to find the “supernal beauty” which only exists in another world. To explore this is of great value to study his extraordinary and unique poems and further explore his view of death and aesthetics.
Allen Poe, Poetry, Death, Beauty, Aesthetics
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Jiaqi Yin, An Analysis of “Beauty of Death” in Edgar Allen Poe’s Poetry, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, pp. 20-24. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20180301.14
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