Edgar Allan Poe : His Works, Life, And Impact Essay

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Edgar Allen Poe: His Works, Life, and Impact Edgar Allan Poe was an interesting American writer of poetry and short stories that changed the way many people viewed short fiction. His stories are read by millions of readers everywhere. His psychiatric touch to his stories are what made them so unique. In particular his story, “The Raven,” is a classic Edgar Allen Poe poem that is worth taking a closer look at.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, in 1809 with his father David and mother Elizabeth. Poe was not even three when his mother passed away; his father passed away a week later. Poe was then taken in by John and Frances Allen but they never formally adopted him. “Allan, a Scottish-born tobacco merchant, was as strict and unemotional as his wife was overindulgent” (Carlson 18). Poe moved to England after spending a few years going to school in Virginia. Five years later Poe moved back to Richmond, Virginia and continued school.
While Poe was enrolled at the University of Virginia he got into money trouble caused by gambling. When John Allen wouldn’t pay his debts he was forced to drop out of the University. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1827, and was stationed off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. During this year Poe got his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, published. This work was a 40 page collection of poetry, and only 50 copies where ever printed.
In 1829, when Poe was twenty years old, he was…

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