Edgar Allan Poe- This macabre poet and writer is by all accounts, the original Emo. What’s an Emo, you might ask??? Emo is generally describes as today’s dark youth defined by dark fashion, culture, and behavior. Young kids who wear all black and mope- the Neo-Goth of this Generation, one might say. However, I venture to say that Emo is a state of mind. Tight jeans, a sloppy hairdo and chucks won’t qualify you as Emo, neither will a pessimistic and negative attitude. Emo runs deeper than a dark superficial outside. The true Emo runs deep. It is the lonely depression does not falter. The father of Emo is undoubtedly Edgar Allan Poe. With enough trouble in life to depress anyone, the loss of all he loved, his family and wife to early deaths, Poe captured his sad loneliness in his writings. Poe, however took his depression to deeper levels than the average person or Emo. He poured his tortured soul into his works, creating new and titillating works of his time who’s popularity has lasted well over one hundred years. Poe’s work teetered on the edge of reason and crossed the line over into insanity; panic, loss, murder and above all self doubt. He lived and died a true Emo, and left us his work to bask in, for our own personal Emo Moments in life.
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. ~ Edgar Allan Poe