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Edgar Allen Poe Essay

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"Thy soul shall find itself alone'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;Not one, of all the crowd, to pryInto thine hour of secrecy..."These very words were from the poem "Spirits of the Dead" by Edgar Allan Poe. I remember my older sister, Sarah, constantly talking about Poe and his fascinating life. I wanted to learn more about Poe myself, so I chose my biography on him.Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts January 19,1809. He was born to Eliza and David Poe, who were actors. Both parents would go on many theatrical tour, Poe and his sister, Rosalie, were left with his grandparents. A nurse helped take care of him. The nurse fed the children alcohol for them to grow strong and to put them to ...view middle of the document...

Edgar was left alone an orphan, and came upon John and Fanny Allan whom were tobacco merchants. Technically, he was never adopted, but he accepted the middle name, "Allan". At age of fifteen, Poe loved poetry, and was able to publish two small volumes. "The requiem for the loveliest dead that ever died so young." Were the words Edgar wrote about a female.The collage Edgar Allan Poe went to was The University of Virginia. Soon he was expelled from the collage, because he didn't pay his gambling debt. The Allans were furious and cut off the relationship they had. In 1836 Poe married his thirteen-year old cousin, Virginia Clemm. Then she bust a blood vessel and soon died of tuberculosis, just like Eliza Poe. When Virginia died, it was hard for Poe to avoid drinking, because his wife did not allow it. Poe began to write stories in 1840. Poe started to write stories that were grabbing everyone's attention. Edgar Allan Poe wrote horror stories because he was afraid of being buried alive. Sadly Poe died mysteriously, no one even knows how he died. Some people think he died of epilepsy. Poe died October 7, 1849.Poe didn't get any awards, back then in the 1800's no one had awards to give, but still his stories and poems were fascinating to many people and still are. One of his poems called "The Raven" won him fame and glory. Also the story called " The Fall House of Usher" inspired a lot of film adaptations.Edgar Allan Poe will always be remembered because of his stories and poems. People also remember him because his parents were actors and a lot of people knew him back then. Poe's stories have attracted a lot of people's attention so they want to learn more about Poe's life. I however, am one of them.

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