Use Edgar Allan Poe Quotes to Help Teach Poe’s Short Stories

It’s October, which means tons of high school and middle school students will read stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

Of course, you can teach these stories any time of year. I always reserved February for Poe, with a little “Anabel Lee” around Valentine’s Day.

So in honor of the month of Halloween, I present Edgar Allan Poe quotes that will help your students understand Poe’s short stories and poems.

A Quick Lesson Plan

But before we get to Edgar Allan Poe Quotes, I’d like to give you this American Romanticism lesson plan. Understanding American Romanticism gives students context for their Poe studies: American Romanticism Lesson Plan.

A Quick Writing Assignment

After reading some Poe short stories and/or poems, have students take one of these quotes and find evidence in Poe’s works that exemplify it.

Another option would be to write one of these quotes on the board each day for a journal entry. Students can write about the specific aspect in the quote as it applies to Poe’s work.

Or you can just use this Powerpoint of Poe Quotes.

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe Quote about InsanityMany of Poe’s short stories contain narrators who lack sanity. It can be logically assumed that Poe himself had bouts of insanity. Although as he puts it, he had bouts of sanity surrounded by long periods of insanity. Understanding the unreliability of Poe’s narrators will give the Poe reader a different lens for analysis.


Edgar Allan Poe Quote about Depression

Poe suffered from depression, or as this quote calls it, melancholy. Poe’s manic depressive nature clearly flows into his narrators and characters. This trait in Poe’s characters—especially his narrators—adds another layer of analysis for the young Poe scholar.

Edgar Allan Poe Quote about MoodMood plays an extremely important role in Poe’s short stories. This provides an excellent opportunity for teaching the importance of word choice. Related to the role of word choice is the complex sentence structure Poe uses in many of his short stories.

Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plans