Edgar Allan Poe

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"Lord help my poor soul."(Neurotic Poets)The departing words of the 40-year-old American author, Edgar Allan Poe, on Sunday October 7, 1849. In Massachusetts on the 19th day of January in the year 1809, Edgar Poe was born to actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe Junior, making him an older brother to Rosalie Poe, and a younger one to William Henry Leonard Poe. Poe may, perchance, have been named after a character in the play that his parents were performing that year. He was never formally adopted, however, Edgar Poe was renamed Edgar Allan Poe when the John Allan family took him in after his mother deceased and his father forsook the family. The purpose of this paper is to examine the disheartening life of such an…show more content…
The Raven made Poe highly praised but not on the financial side, which conceivably contributed to the death of his young wife 2 years later, yet still remains one of the most famous poems ever written. Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe , born August 15, 1822, was Poe's first cousin and a scandalous 13-year-old when she became his bride. Poe acquired a special license and confirming her alleged age of 21 years was an affidavit signed by a man by the name of Thomas W. Cleland. As appalling as the idea of a teenager married to a 27-year-old, full-grown man, it was not as startling as one would think, given the fact that he had a seemingly more brother and sister, than husband and wife, relationship with her. Marie Bonaparte has read many of Edgar Allan Poe's works as autobiographical and have concluded that Virginia died a virgin because she and her husband never consummated their marriage, but there are friends of Poe who have suggested that he waited until she was at least sixteen before taking her maidenhood. Nonetheless, Poe and his wife had a happy marriage apparent by their obvious devotion to one another; hers an almost idolization, his a worshiping sort of affection. Devastatingly, Virginia contracted tuberculosis in January 1842 and subsequently died after 5 years of the disease in January 1847, at the age of 24 in the family's cottage outside New York

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