Edgar Allan Poe And The American Romanticism Essay

1471 Words Jan 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is a highly renowned writer, poet, and scholar. He has written everything from horror stories to scientific textbooks. Edgar Allan Poe positively influenced the world artistically, philosophically, and literarily as reflected in the literature of the American Romanticism Period. Edgar was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents, David Poe Jr. and Eliza Poe, were traveling actors. His mother died on December 8, 1811 and his father died December 11, 1811. They are said to have been on a traveling theatrical tour at the time of their deaths. This tragedy caused Edgar to be taken in by his godfather, John Allan, and John’s wife Frances. Poe lived with the Allan’s in England from 1815 to 1820, and during this time he attended schooling in London. He moved back to the States in 1821, and continued his education in Richmond from 1821 through 1825. During this time Edgar started showing an aptitude for Latin, poetry, acting, and writing. In 1825, he got secretly engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster, which was quickly ended by Sarah’s father. Poe transferred to the University of Virginia in 1826, and started to excel in ancient and modern languages. At this time Poe had started to gamble, and had acquired quite a sum of debt. In the year to follow, 1827, Edgar began fighting with John Allan frequently, moved to Boston, and enlisted in the U.S. Army. This was also the year he published Tamerlane and Other Poems while he was in Boston. Frances…

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