Edgar Allan Poe 's Life Essay

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When someone hears the name ‘’Edgar Allan Poe” they think of a poet, they think of his work, they think of darkness. People can dismiss the fact that there is a reason behind his dark emotion, but if someone looks at his life they would understand why he wrote in a dark, depressing manor. He has a persona around him that everyone sees, and is dark "the atmosphere in his tales of horror is unrivaled in American fiction." (biography.com)
Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second child, his other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie would grow up to teach writing at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents died. This shows how Poe started his life. Luckily, an affluent tobacco salesman John Allan took him in and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan wanted Poe to be a businessman and a ‘Virginia gentleman’, but Poe had dreams of being a writer to echo his childhood hero, British poet, Lord Byron. Early poetic verses were found written in Poe’s handwriting on the back of Allan’s ledger sheets when he was young. This showed how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business. By thirteen, Poe had written enough poetry to publish a book, but his administrators advised Allan against allowing this. The people that influenced his life the most discouraged…

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