A Brief Biography of Victorian Author Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe’s importance as a main stature in literature is based upon his dark and thought provoking poems. His difficult life influenced his melancholy writings. Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parent’s occupation was traveling actors. At the age of two, his father abandoned the family leaving young Poe without a father figure. Poe’s mother was poor, which resulted in him having an extremely hard childhood. His mother passed away as he was growing up and his foster parent John Allan, a wealthy Richmond tobacco merchant, took Poe into his household. Poe did not have the best relationship with John Allan, in fact he felt very uncertain about it. When Poe turned seventeen he attended the…show more content…
The constant answer of “nevermore” sent the narrator in a frenzy, just as Poe knew Virginia would no longer come back and he turned to alcohol. At that moment the situation was made worse. The narrator is hoping when he dies he’s going to see Lenore in Heaven as Poe is hoping to see Virginia. When the raven says nevermore it gives the narrator idea that she possibly did not make it to Heaven, and he would not see Lenore anymore. Since Virginia was also known as Lenore, one could believe that Poe is relating to the poem to him seeing Virginia again in Heaven. Poe’s “The Raven” is the poem that stands out the most because in it, Poe determines it is some kind of messenger coming to Poe to answer whether he will ever see his love Lenore. Poe had many great poems and short stories such as “The Fall of the House of Usher”. This portrayed a dark and gloomy theme of the Usher family. The narrator approaches the house of Usher on a dark and quiet day at midnight. The narrator sees the house; it looks to have been absorbed by a wicked spirit and contaminated atmosphere from the rotting trees and unclear tarns in the area. Roderick was also the cause of the bad vibe the narrator got when he arrived at the house. He lost communication with the outside world and buried his sister alive. Their family had a hidden secret, which was incest. In the article Sprits of the Dead, Poe states, “The breeze—the

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