Edgar Allen Poe And A Look At "The Raven"

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Edgar Allen Poe was one of the most successful writers of all time. He isknown for his tales of the mysterious and macabre. He is reported to be the firstmaster of the short story form (Edgar Allen Poe). About 12 of his works areknown for their flawless literary construction. Poe had a rough childhood whichdefinitely contributed to his writing.Poe was born in January 19th of 1809 in Boston. Poe was the son of DavidPoe, an actor and Eliza Poe, an actress. Poe also had a sister. At age three Poewas orphaned when he father disappeared one night and never returned and hismother died of tuberculosis. Poe then went to a foster house where he wasadopted by John and Fanny Allen. Poe then at age six moved to England where heattended private schools.As a teen Poe was very gifted in foreign language. He wrote some of hisearly works in both French an Latin. At age fifteen Poe had already writtenenough works to publish a book but John would not allow it. Poe was also very fitas a teen. Poe was supposedly a very fast swimmer and runner. It is reported thatPoe once as a teen swam the James river from Lundhams Wharf to Warwick Barwhich is six miles against a strong current (Woodberry 20). At 15 Poe was theLieutenant of the Junior Morgan Riflemen. Poe was then reviewed by the famousMarquis De Lafayette. Poe's grandfather General Poe is where Poe most likely gothis military influence from.In 1826 Poe enrolled into the University of Virginia. Poe wanted to becomea translator. Poe was considered to be 'precisely correct' (Moldavia). Poe alsoloved debating. The student life at the University of Virginia in 1826 was verychaotic. In one student riot the students threw bottles and bricks at the professors.In Poe's letters to John Allen he often talked of violence on campus. He oncewrote of how a student was struck on the head with a stone and then pulled out agun and killed his attacker(Moldavia).By the end of the year Poe had started to develop gambling debts. Poeblamed his gambling debts on John Allen saying that he did not provide enough forhim to live on. Therefore gambling was the only way to survive. I think that itwould have bean quite possible for Poe to get a job. Before the year was over Poehad developed gambling debts exceeding 2,500 dollars (Moldavia).When Poe went back to Richmond where John lived for the summer heexpected John to pay of his debts. John would not pay of the debts and made Johnwork as a clerk at his firm to pay them off. In 1827 Poe moved out of Johns house.In a letter to John Poe wrote, 'I have heard you say when you little thought I waslistening and therefor must have said it in ear that you had no affection for me'(letters 203). Poe then resorted to gambling again and became even more intodebt. Poe then moved to Boston under the alias of Henri Le Renett (Moldavia).Poe then managed to published his first book Tamerline and Other Poems underthe pen name of a Bostonian.Later in 1827 Poe enlisted into the United States Army where he stayed...

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