Essay about Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven

2104 Words Nov 9th, 2014 9 Pages
Most people have something in their life or in their past that is probably worth collapsing to the ground and crying over. Some people may have experienced a lost love; others, the tragic death of a loved one. Maybe someone could spout tears just thinking about his or her internal struggle. Edgar Allan Poe would undoubtedly collapse to the ground and cry, but he would most likely have trouble explaining what aspect of his life led him to do so. Maybe he would cry over the deaths of his mother, his foster mother, and his wife, all three of which died of tuberculosis. He could possibly cry over his father abandoning him, or his wicked foster father, John Allan. No matter what he would choose, all of these tragic life events shaped Poe and his writing. Edgar Allan Poe’s works, “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “Alone,” are known for their psychological subject matter, his fascination with which stems from his own struggles with death, family issues, and ultimately, his own mental illness. Understanding the struggles that Edgar Allan Poe faced is rather important in understanding his poetry. Poe was born into a family of travelling actors; his father, David Poe, evidently excelled at this occupation, for he left his family in 1810. This detrimental event was soon followed by the death of Poe’s mother, Elizabeth, who died of tuberculosis in 1811 (Canada 1). With no other family to turn to, Poe was taken in by John Allan and his wife, Frances Valentine Allan, who lived in…

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