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The three major themes of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems are untimely death, insanity, and horrific gore. These themes reflect his life. Most of the women in his life died of tuberculosis, a disease where the victim coughs up blood and drowns in it. This probably caused the untimely death and gore. Poe became insane in the latter part of his life, so he got the inspiration for the theme of insanity from his own brain.
Depending on which stories and poems you are studying - mostly the umbrella themes would deal with madness of the mind or the dark side of human nature. Also, in The Cask of Amontillado he focuses on the notion of revenge (albeit, irrational). The reasoning for revenge stems from the narrator's madness.
In addition to Poe's more famous mystery, horror and detective fiction, he wrote stories of humor, satire, fantasy and even science fiction. Poe had an almost morbid fascination with insanity, death, human nature and the dual nature of almost everything. The Gothic era is a branch of Romanticism, therefore Poe's work follows the Romantic era trend of emphasizing the role of emotions in human nature, often in a dark context. He had a really big interest in paranoia. In some of his short stories he had the main character fearing the thought of getting caught and that made them [him/her] go insane. The significance of pain and horror.
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Name some of Edgar Allan Poe's work?

Edgar Allen Poe is famous for "The Raven", "The Tell Tale Heart", and "The Black Cat", along with many other works.

What were Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works?

Stories: The Tell-tale Heart; The Cask of Amontillado; The Pit and the Pendulum; The Fall Of The House Of Usher"; The Murders in the Rue Morgue; Poems: The Raven; Annabel Lee

What are some of Edgar Allan Poe's Works?

tell tale heart the, cask of amontillado, the black cat, the premature burial,the masque of the red deathThe Tell Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Black Cat, The P

What was Edgar Allan Poe's first published work?

His first published work was "Tamerlane and Other Poems", although the cover page states that it was written "By a Bostonian" rather than by Poe himself.

Why is Edgar Allan Poe's work so enduring?

It was because of the style of his writting, the way they he wrote it made people like it. Also because of the twist that were put in.

How does Edgar Allan Poe's work live on after his death?

his work has been read trough generations. Many stories and movies of horror has been based on parts in many of his short stories. they are legendary.

What are Edgar Allan Poe's best works?

"The Raven" is the best poem Poe wrote. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is probably his most important short story, since it established him as the father of detective fiction

What was Edgar Allan Poe's best work?

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What was Edgar Allan Poe's last work?

He was four pages into an untitled story about a lighthouse keeperwhen he died that has since been dubbed 'The Light-House' -- hislast incomplete work. Also, the poems 'Annabe