Category Archives: Poe (Edgar Allan)

Child Heroines Who Die for Our Sins

The child heroine who dies, a common trope in the 19th century, continues to fascinate us, appearing in “Bridge to Tarabithia” and “The Fault Is in Our Stars.” One of my students has this as a senior project topic.

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The GOP Descends into the Maelstrom

Poe’s “Descent into the Maelstrom” describes the state of current GOP politics, where even moderate Republicans are being pulled into rightwing extremism.

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The Complex Inner Life of Teachers

Lily King’s “The English Teacher” is filled with literary lllusions, most of them thematically important.

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On Poe & the Paranoia of Anti-Vaxxers

Edgar Allen Poe gives us insight into vaccine truthers. Rather than dispelling shadows, scientific insights are pushing some Americans into repression.

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10 Famous Fetish Objects in Lit

Literature is filled with fetish objects that take on outsized significance to various characters.

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Peyton Manning as Poe’s Dupin

Peyton Manning is like Edgar Allan Poe’s detective Dupin, who uses his keen mind to triumph over devious opponents.

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René Magritte and Edgar Allan Poe

Knowing that surrealist painter René Magritte loved Edgar Allan Poe explains a lot about his work.

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Facing Our Inner Black Cat

Poe’s “Black Cat” has a special attraction for college students–and for good reason.

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Ravens Say “Nevermore” to Opponents

The Baltimore Ravens may be the only professional team named after a poem. The words fit the team.

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A Poem for Every Playoff Team

Sports Saturday For the football games this weekend, I found a passage from a poem or passage from a poem that pertains to the name of each team. Enjoy. Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers The high-flying Atlanta Falcons boast, among other things, the incomparable receiver Roddy White, who soars skyward to pull down passes. […]

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