April 18, 2014.
Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of the greatest of his time. He lived with his parents No sooner than his father had left his mother passed. She died from tuberculosis at the mere age of twenty four. Poe and his siblings were by her side until her last breath. He later became the dependent of John Allan of Richmond, Virginia hence Allan being Poe’s middle name. The Allans were quite fond of young Poe as they had no children. Frances Allan was very motherly and nurturing towards Poe which was unfamiliar to him (Meltzer). At the age of five he began his schooling with a private tutor. He soon had a keen ear for music and was able to recite English poems. He would sparsely see his brother and sister from time to time. At age six the family moved to England where Poe continued his schooling. He was considered one of the most famous student and could speak French, Latin and knew a lot about literature. In his teen years Edgar began studying in Richmond schools. There were no free public education system at that time (Lange). He continued to excel in his love for languages. He continued to write poems and would always read them for his fellow classmates. At the age of seventeen he began to attend the University of Virginia in Charlottesville with very little money. He could only afford to take two classes which were Latin and French. He had an interest for math which he could not pursue because he had no funds to pay it. Poe thought that the university was “wild” with students gambling, drinking and fighting. Poe had a turbulent upbringing and his misfortunes are very much embedded in his stories.
On May 26, 1827, after arriving in Boston Poe enlisted into the army. His first couple of months was spent doing guard duty (Tilton). He soon moved up the ranks from guard duty to a more suitable job as a clerk. He detested the job of a clerk and expressed his frustrations to his superior. He hated the job even though it gave him the luxury of writing. Poe published Tamerlane in 1827 his first publication. The story is about a deathbed confession of a famous Mongol conqueror of the fourteenth century who thought of himself as a genius. When Tamerlane appeared, Poe was in the army and the publication was under the name Edgar A. Perry possibly to avoid creditors (Meltzler). After the effects of publishing his first story Poe went back to his life as a soldier. On April 15, 1829 however, Edgar was discharged from the army. During that time he kept writing and published Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor problems in December of 1829. Al Aaraaf was said to be very difficult to comprehend and represented the darkness that existed in Poe’s life. His sadness and challenges that he faced since being orphaned was portrayed throughout the story. It expressed “disillusionment with the world and escape into some more congenial realm of dream or of the imagination” (Meltzer 44).
Poe’s life and his...