Edgar Allen Poe 's Life Essay

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Edgar Allen Poe has been one of the greatest writers and poets. It was after he had died that he became known for his works such his short stories, poems, and critical theories. When people hear the word Poe, they would think of a crazy person that roams around murdering people, who buries people alive, and a person who resurrects from the dead. Poe is just as mysterious as his stories.
Edgar Allen Poe was born in Massachusetts on January 19th 1809. Both of his parents were professional actors. His father left him when he was only two years old, leaving his mother to take care of him and his brother and sister. At the age of three he became an orphan when his mother got contact with tuberculosis, making him split from his brother and sister. Poe was handed to the Allen family (“Poe’s Life” 2014). Poe relationship with his foster father was bleak. In 1824 he had written his first poem "Last night, with many cares & toils oppressed, / Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest ("Edgar Allan Poe."2016)." At age of 17, he had enrolled into the University of Virginia where he excelled in his courses. In order to pay for tuition Poe did gambling since his foster father only gave him a third of the tuition money.
Poe’s change of behavior and drinking habits happened when he was in his mid-twenties. His roommate when he had transferred to West Point recalled Poe as a person with a drink in his hand anytime you encounter him. Some say that his alcohol was the result of his death, while…

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