The Theme of Vampirism in Poe’s Ligeias
From the paper;
`This paper will focus on the theme of vampirism in Edgar Allan Poe?s short story `Ligeia.` In order to make the paper more understandable and explain my research, I will begin by defining what characteristics constitute vampire-like qualities. Then, I will demonstrate how Ligeia meets those parameters.
`The first recognizable literary work dealing specifically with vampires came in 1748 from Germany.
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Henrich August Ossenfelder?s Der Vampire this was a brilliant poem that introduced vampires to modern literature. In 1819 though, nearly 50 years after Der Vampire was introduced, John Polidori, a prominent author, wrote the significant story, The Vampiree, which was the catalyst for vampire literature in Europe. Edgar Allan Poe wrote Ligeia in 1838.It was not until 1897 that Bram Stoker wrote the novel which defines the most widely accepted characteristics of the vampire.”