The Influences of Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe is one of America's most influential writers. His stories and poems have touched the lives of countless people. His works, however, are influenced by his own life. The events of his life led him down the dark road of depression and morbidity. Poe's emotional health began deteriorating when he was very young. His mother died of tuberculosis while he was still a very small child. Poe never forget her vomiting blood and being carried away by sinister men dressed in black (Unger 409). Although Poe was never formally adopted, John and Frances Allan took Poe in (Vinson 970) The couple sent him to boarding schools where he excelled in both academics and athletics. This time of bliss was short lived, …show more content…
His book was not well received in the literary world. It gained little to no recognition, and what criticism he did receive was negative. Poe became tired of military life, and, with Allan's help, was discharged from the army and sent to West Point Academy in1830. At West Point, Poe again found himself with inadequate funds. Poe had originally been a very good student, but after a letter to Allan, Poe decided to have himself expelled. In January of 1831, Poe was court-martialed for "gross neglect of duties" (Unger 411). After trying a wide variety of schemes to support himself, he moved in with aunt in Baltimore. Since Poe had not gained status by writing poetry, he turned to short story writing (Regan N.P.) In 1836, Poe married his younger cousin, Virginia Clemm. This period was an intense production of stories for Poe. He wrote many stories and reviews as well as a drama in verse. In 1840, Poe published Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, which was received very well by critics but sold rather slow. "The Raven" was published in 1845 and became a sensation overnight. Even though Poe pocketed only a few dollars from its production, the poem was printed and reprinted all over the country. During these years, Poe had many dreams. These dreams turned into a reality. Most people assume that Poe got his ideas from opium and alcohol. However, this is not the case. Poe took his dreams and put them on paper. These became some of his

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