Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Raven ' Essay

1088 Words Dec 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. Poe’s parents were traveling actors and died when he was only three years old. After his parent’s deaths, Poe went to live with John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan. From an early age Poe enjoyed writing poems and he, “dreamt of emulating his childhood hero, the British poet Lord Byron” (“Poe’s Biography”). In later years, Poe attended the University of Virginia, where he acquired a large amount of debt and struggled to stay warm in the winter. Unable to pay for his education Poe had no choice but to leave school and return home. Poe managed to publish his first book when he was eighteen years old. Although he lived in poverty, Poe continued to write short stories and have them published. He ultimately was able to land an editorial position at the Southern Literary Messenger and managed to make the magazine very popular. Poe initially became famous due to the publication of “The Raven” which made Poe a household name (“Poe’s Biography”). On October 7, 1849 Poe died of unknown causes at the age of forty.
There have always been competing ideas about the inspiration behind Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee.” In Jeannine Johnson’s article on “Annabel Lee,” she argues that Poe’s inspiration for writing the poem was, “his interest in contemplating the general nature of beauty and love” (“Annabel Lee”). Instead of Poe writing the poem based on a particular person that he once loved, it may have been based on no one…

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