Edagar Allan Poe
The very distiguished poet Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19,
1809.Poe was born into poverty in Boston,Massechesetts.Years later both of
Poe's parents died when he was three years old .After this came to pass Poe
was taken into the home of John Allan in Richmond,Virginia.Edgar Allan Poe's
childhood was very uneventful, because of thi most critics cosider his work to
focus on death.Poe's stormy personal life and his haunting poems and stories
combined to make him one of the most famous figures in American literary
One story of his that seems to depict death and tragedy "The Fall of
the House Of Usher".The story is about a brother and sister who are the last
of the Ushers.This story talks about the brother Rodrick suffering from his
acuteness of the senses, and his sister suffering from depression and costant
thoughts of suicide.Every detail of this story, from the opening description of
the dank tarn and the dark rooms of the house to the unearthly storm shows
Poe's choice of style.Poe's poetry also shows how morbid his imagination can
be.Poe was very well known for his his poem "Lenore" which he wrote after
the tragic death of his wife.
After his wifes death Poe went through a tragic period.This led poe to
write more tragic and sometimes morbid poems.It is also said to belive that
Poe used the drug opium, and drank a lot of alcohol.Poe's use of drugs is, for
the most part, purely a literary device.For some of Poe's more fantastic
storylines, his narrators admit the use of opium.Although some wondered if
Poe's wild imagination was fired by drugs, no one seems to have seriously
accused him of this habit during his lifetime.Poe's flirtation with alcohol,
however, was mostly intermittent .Poe would gow throught a few days of
drinking followed by months or even years of abstinence.It was pretty fair to
say say that Poe was a alcoholic.It is reasonable to say that none of Poe's
deathly stories or poems were inspired by or written under the influence of
alcohol. His first introduction to drinking appears to have been in 1826,
when he attended the University of Virginia.
Despite the drugs and alcohol Poe had many acomplishments such as
his poem "Lenore" which was a costant remider of his wifes death.
Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever!
Let the bell toll!- a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river;
And, Guy de Vere, hast thou no tear?- weep now or nevermore!
See! on yon drear and rigid bier low lies thy love, Lenore!
Come! let the burial rite be read- the funeral song be sung!-
An anthem for the queenliest dead that ever died so young-
A dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young.
"Wretches! ye loved her for her wealth and hated her for her pride,
And when she fell in feeble health, ye blessed her- that she died!
How shall the ritual, then, be read?- the requiem how be sung
By you- by yours, the evil eye,- by yours, the slanderous tongue