Essay about Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven

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Edgar Allan Poe: A Legendary Writer
Typically, when a person hears the name Edgar Allan Poe, the first things that come to mind are murder stories, horror, mystery and,most of all, death. People have many different misconceptions of who this man really was and from where exactly he got his unique writing style. In order to get a better understanding of Poe, it is important to look into his life and his great works. Poe’s poem “The Raven” and his short story “The Black Cat,” are two great examples of just how creative of a writer Poe really was.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. (Poe Museum) Poe was the second of three children. Both of his parents, David and Elizabeth Poe, had died by the time he turned three. He was taken in by a tobacco merchant named John Allan and his wife, Frances Valentine Allan. Mr. Allan wanted Poe to be a businessman but Poe knew he wanted to be a writer. By the time Poe was thirteen, he had compiled enough poetry to publish a book. (Poe Museum) Poe lived a hard life since the time he was born. His parents separated and he was adopted by John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan. By the time he was three, his biological parents had both died. Poe wanted to be a writer but his stepfather had different plans for him.When he was 6 he went to school in England for 5 years. In 1826 he went to University of Virginia but ran himself into debt because of his heavy drinking. His stepfather would not help him with more money…

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