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Edgar Allen Poe

March 31, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american literature, literature and language

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Edgar Allen Poe : A Diagnosis of Insanity or the Creativity of a Genius

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Stories of alcoholism , drugs , and insanity played a major part in the life of Edgar Allan Poe , before dying a lonely death that surpassed previous tragic events in his life . After his death , many questions began to be asked about his mental state . Was he really insane , and was he really addicted to drugs and alcohol ? Many stories were told , with many different versions [banner_entry_middle]

. As time went on , the question of this has been approached by many intellectuals , researchers , and medical professionals , only to find through studies that insanity and creativity may go hand-in-hand in the lives of many of our most creative individuals in history . Without the artistic insane among our presence we possibly would not have the level of creative works we have had in the past Edgar Allen Poe : A Diagnosis of Madness or the Creativity of a Genius . his raptures were

All air , and fir , which made his verses clear

For that fine madness still he did retain

Which rightly should possess a poet ‘s brain Michael Drayton , 1627

For many years the works of Edgar Allen Poe were considered as expressions of art that were written by an insane and peculiar individual who was on drugs and alcohol , famous for his eccentric behavior and gothic use of wordage . But in 1993 , when the findings of Dr . Kay Redfield Jamison , a psychiatrist /scientist from the John Hopkins University , brought forth her book , Touched With Fire : Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament , it associated the artistic lives and philosophies of our most creative individuals with mental illness The labels of insane ‘ and crazy ‘ that was given to Poe by enemies and critics alike had a truthful basis , although not in the negative sense that he had been portrayed in the past

Previously , other researchers had come to the same conclusion but not in the positive manner that Jamison had , relating the artists and with several mood diss , such as manic depression and bipolar diss . A manic-depression herself , Dr . Jamison has studied case after case of artists , and composers , comparing the extreme elevations of creativity that were balanced by the emotional lows of fine line actually does exist between art and madness , demonstrating a profound understanding of the artist and creative relationship with their mental illness

Poe himself recognized the form of mental illness and its connection to creativity as he referred to himself in the 3rd part of the narrative poem , The Raven ‘ called Eleonora (Poe , 1848 , Men have called me mad , but the question is not yet settled , whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence – – whether much that is glorious – – whether all that is profound – – does not spring from disease of thought – – from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect . Those who dream by day are cognizant of… [banner_entry_footer]

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