Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe was a marvelous writer. Neil Gaiman describes Poe as “a working writer who kept himself alive with his words” (Poe xiii). Most of Poe’s stories and poems are works of horror, but not the kind of horror most would think of. Jeffery Goddin says that “his horror, rather than revolving around vampires, werewolves, and the like, is usually psychological horror, bred from a character’s obsession and paranoia” (Dziemianowicz xiii). Gaiman said, “He was vain, envious, good-hearted, morbid, troubled, and a dreamer” (Poe xiii). Throughout his short life, Poe wrote many poems, such as “The Raven”, “Annabel Lee”, and “Lenore”. Although Edgar Allan Poe was mainly a short story writer, he has written many famous poems. Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. The following information is from biography.com. Both of his parents were actors, but his mother passed away when he was three, and his father left him as an orphan. One book says that “Poe excelled at literature and languages in his school studies” (Poe 462). In 1827, he published his first book, which he called Tamerlane and Other Poems. Over the next few years, this book says that “he wrote tales of psychological horror and the macabre that would bring him literary renowned” (Poe 462). Before he got fame for writing, he was a well-known critic. Biography.com says, “he developed a reputation as a cut-throat critic, writing vicious reviews of his contemporaries.” In…

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