Edgar Allen Poe

???Then into the chamber, turning, all my soul within me burning.??? This quote by Edgar Allan Poe in the poem, ???The Raven??? shows a suspenseful mood. ???The Raven??? is about a man who lost the love of his life, Lenore, and is constantly taunted and tortured by a raven who reminds him of his lost love. ???The Tell-Tale Heart??? is a similar suspense story, depicting a man who believes he is not crazy, all the while planning to kill an old man because he dislikes his eye. The killer later confesses because his own guilt rings in his ears. Since all of Poe??™s loves and family died from consumption, it is obvious that his depressing works were greatly influenced by his life of death. He uses descriptive details, setting, and figurative language to set the mood for his horrifying suspense stories.
To commence, Edgar Allan Poe used descriptive details to create mood in his stories. For instance, in ???The Tell-Tale Heart,??? Poe describes the old man as having a ???pale blue eye with a film over it,??? creating a creepy mood. A creepy mood is inflicted upon the reader because the eye is described in a way that feels as though it is constantly staring at you. In the same story, Poe depicts the fictional watch as having a ???slow, dull, quick sound,??? creating a dismal mood because the reader can almost hear the nervous beating of the killer??™s heart. In another wonderfully twisted story by Poe, ???The Raven,??? he uses descriptive details again. In this poem, Poe calls the bird an ???ebony bird,??? making the reader think that the bird is dark and evil, setting a spooky mood. Also in ???The Raven,??? the bust above the man??™s door is described as ???placid,??? meaning calm. This occurs in the middle of an eerie tale, creating a horrifyingly serene mood, if only for a moment.
Furthermore, Edgar Allan Poe uses setting in his stories frequently to create mood. One example of this is in ???The Raven,??? Poe writes ???bleak December,??? which creates a desolate, unwelcoming mood, showing that where this narrator lives is cold and unfriendly. Comparably, in ???The Tell-Tale Heart,??? it is portrayed that the man came at ???the dead hour of the night,??? creating a sinister, disturbing mood, because the killer is getting ready to kill, and the reader can tell, because almost nothing else happens in the ???dead hour of the night.??? Also in ???The Tell-Tale Heart,??? Poe writes the word ???chamber??? many times, showing the reader that this took place a long time ago, because nobody modern uses the word ???chamber??? anymore. Similarly, in ???The Raven,??? the word ???lore,??? is used, also showing that it was not in present day time, giving the both of the stories a sort of olden, ancient feel.
Lastly, figurative language was most abundantly used in all of Poe??™s stories. Specifically, in ???The Raven,??? it is written that ???presently my soul grew stronger,??? which is an example of personification, and sets an ardor-filled mood, because the reader feels the passion and boldness that the man thrust in to answering the knock. In the same poem, ???and each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor??? is an example of personification and metaphor, while setting a bloodcurdling mood, because it shows the eerie movement of the fire. In ???The Tell-Tale Heart,??? the narrator describes the eye as being ???vulture??? like, which is a metaphor that creates a disheartening mood because it??™s spooky. Also in ???The Tell-Tale Heart,??? the narrator, while describing a scream, says ???it has welled up from my own bosom, deepening, with its dreadful echo, the terrors that distracted me,??? which is an example of personification, and creates a lonely, forlorn feeling. This mood is created because it??™s in the middle of the night and the reader can practically feel the scream coming out of him.
In conclusion, Edgar Allan Poe??™s techniques of writing are varied, yet they all tie in together in a meaningful way. Edgar Allan Poe is, and will forever be one of the world??™s best authors.