Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and "The Raven" Essay examples

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Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and "The Raven" Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be the father of the short story by many. Over the course of his life, he wrote hundreds of short stories and poems. His writing style is unique and influenced by the tragedies that occurred over the course of his life. In fact, he is most well known for writing morbid stories and gruesome, dismal poems. Indeed his writing habits were heavily influenced by his life. His life was full of depression, angst, and woe. Many of the people he cared for fell victim to deadly plagues and diseases. To cope with this pain, Edgar Allan Poe sought comfort in the bottom of a bottle. In his times of depression he would drink heavily and become sick for days at a time. …show more content…
John, however, was rarely amused by Poe's antics, but on the occasion was charmed by the speech craft of the youngster. John's strict ways were quoted as "a counterbalance to his wife's overindulgence" (LeVert 30). Troubled times were about to hit the Allan household. After the war of 1812, the United States and Great Britain became unstable trading partners. Businesses like John Allan's depended on imported goods from Europe. In order to try and save his business, John had to travel to Europe and try to re-establish key ties to business partners, so that the Allan's business could once again flourish. In June of 1815, Edgar Poe and the Allans left for the British Isles. After a month long boat trip, they arrived in Liverpool. Only staying for a week, they left to stay at John Allan's relatives in Scotland for several months. The Allans eventually left their relatives and found a small house to stay in while John conducted business. Once again, John Allan spared no expense in sending Edgar, now eight, to school. Apparently, Edgar did very well. He learned French and Latin very quickly and excelled in all of his other work, especially literature. Reverend John Bransby, the headmaster of his boarding school quoted, "Edgar Allan was a quick and clever boy, and would have been a very good boy had he not been spoilt by his parents" (LeVert 32). In 1817, a depression came over both the United States and Europe causing debts, high unemployment, and heavy

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