Early Life Of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were two traveling actors from an English theatrical family. Both of them died before Poe was three years old, which resulted in him and his two siblings living in foster care. Although not legally adopted, Poe was taken in by a Scottish tobacco exporter, John Allan. He spent most of his early life with the Allan family, besides a five-year time span when he traveled to England to attend the Manor House School. When he returned to America, he attended the University of Virginia for a single term, then withdrew because of his debts brought on by gambling. After quarreling with John Allan about the debts, Poe left the family and went to Boston where he enrolled …show more content…
Poe, Second Edition, he moved to Baltimore to live with his aunt and cousin. During this time period, his work began to receive a lot of attention from literary reviewers. He left for Richmond in 1835, where he focused his attention on increasing the popularity of magazines as an editor for the Southern Literary Messenger. He returned to Baltimore after some success to marry his thirteen-year-old cousin, Virginia. Returning to Richmond with his bride and her mother, he published consistently and worked as a freelance writer to keep his family from starvation (May). After two years of freelance writing, Virginia died and Poe was sent into a downward spiral (May). After at least one attempt of suicide, he was found semiconscious in Baltimore, and died on October 7th, …show more content…
In this poem, the narrator is mourning the death of his lover, when a raven appears at his window seal and refuses to leave. Poe uses the symbol of the raven to represent the permanence of death and how it lingers in the human mind (May). Poe’s ability to create such a melancholy tone and use relatable symbols has influenced numerous writers since his time, including Arthur Conan Doyle (May). His usage of terror and mystery throughout his work consumed readers in the 19th century, which established a popularity shift from mass produced and affordable British literature to a focus on American literature (May). As shown in the poem “The Raven,” Poe has successfully entertained readers since his time through his ability to create a gothic setting, which influences writers even in modern

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