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edgar allen poe
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Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston January 19, 1809. David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Poe both professional actors had three children Edgar, Henry, and Rosalie. Edgar never really knew his parents. His father left early on and his mother died of tuberculosis when he was only 2 years old. The kids were sent to different homes. Edgar was sent to live with Mr. John Allan and Ms. Frances Allan. John Allan was a successful business man. However Mr. John was a alcoholic so life was not all that happy. Frances was close to Edgar and tried to keep Mr. Allen for beating him. Ms. Allan taught Edgar lessons in her spare time. She taught him history, reading, and writing. He enjoyed these lessons very much. In 1826, he went to the University of Virginia, but Mr. Allan would not pay to cover the entire cost. So Edgar started gambling to make up the difference, but he ended up in debt. When he return home he found out that his fiancee had become engaged to someone else. "Men have called me mad;
but the question is not yet settled,
whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious–
whether all that is profound–
does not spring from disease of thought–
from moods of mind exalted
at the expense of the general intellect." Madness vs. Intelligence I chose to do my project on Poe, because of this poem. It tells us so much about how he thought. He thought of himself as a person of exalted intellect. While walking a fine line, and some might say crossing the line, of insanity. Heartbroken and alone Edgar left the Allans. In 1827 Edgar joined the Army, and published his first book, "Tamerlane and Other Poems". In 1830 he won a spot at West Point Military Academy. Edgar was an exceptional student, but after one year he was kicked out of West Point for neglecting his duties. While at West Point Edgar continued to argue with Mr. Allan who eventually decided to sever ties with Edgar. After leaving school Edgar traveled around in search of opportunities that allowed him to focus on his writing full time. He eventually moved in with his aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia in Baltimore. His first cousin, Virginia, became a writing inspiration to Edgar as well as his love interest. The couple married in 1836 when she was only 13 years old and Edgar was 27. Their relationship was more like brother and sister than husband and wife. It was said that their relationship may not have been consummated. At age 19 she contracted tuberculosis, which took her life 5 years later. At age 24 she died in the family cottage outside of New York City. The only portrait ever done of Virginia was after her death. Work Cited: http://www.wisegeek.com/contest/what-influenced-edgar-allan-poes-works.htm
http://poestories.com/ Edgar's early works were influenced by the Romantic poets and other european writers. Later his works would be influenced by writers like Mary Shelley, Tennyson, George Gordon Noel Byron, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As Edgar's writings progressed, his life was full of turmoil. This caused his writing to grow increasingly dark, and the fact that he used drugs and alcohol to cope did not help. "The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world."–Edgar Allan Poe Frances Keeling Allan was one of the only positive influences in Edgar's life. She gave him his first lessons and nurtured his creativity. When she died in 1829 Edgar was forever changed. Not only did her death end the relationship he had with his father, but it triggered a life-long melancholy that permeated in his writing. Edgar's brother William Henry Poe was also a writer. He even published a book inspired by Edgar's failed relationship with his fiancee entitled "The Pirate". The two brothers maintained a casual relationship while growing up. Until in 1831 William Henry Poe died of Tuberculosis. Most people recognize Poe by his famous poem, "The Raven". Others may have read one of his more popular dark and creepy tales like, "The Fall of the House of Usher" or "The Tell-tale Heart". Poe wrote quite a few gothic stories about murder, revenge, torture, the plague, being buried alive, and insanity. Many modern books and movies have "borrowed" ideas from Poe. Some of Poe's stories were not well accepted in his day because people were just not ready for them- they were too scary. Through my research I found that Poe was recognized for his work, but no one saw that his writing was from his life being so tragic. From all the things that happened to him a great writer was born. People did not know what to think of him; he was the first punk.