Edgar Allan Poe: Another American Genius Hated by Empire
Our enemies have adopted two approaches to obscuring the profound ideas which created and shaped the American Republic. They either write out of history those individuals whose ideas were vital to our founding, like Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and James Logan, or they belittle or slander them, as they have done with geniuses like Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and James Fenimore Cooper.
Edgar Allan Poe falls in that latter category. Last week, Dan Leach and Tony Papert discussed the method of thinking exemplified by Poe's short stories, the battle he waged for it then, and its implications for us today.
In this week's class, they will examine Poe's poetry and what he himself had to say on the subject. For background here is a link to Poe's essay, "The Poetic Principle."