What does Edgar Allan Poe have to do with the American Renaissance era?

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He was a dark romantic writer which was a part of the American Renaissance

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Poe shared many transcendental qualities. His however included a higher level of realism in people in place of a high level of idealism. People were still prone to error and negativity. That negativity could transcend time and culture as much as the positive idealism could, according to Poe.