Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and "The Raven"

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Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and "The Raven" Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be the father of the short story by many. Over the course of his life, he wrote hundreds of short stories and poems. His writing style is unique and influenced by the tragedies that occurred over the course of his life. In fact, he is most well known for writing morbid stories and gruesome, dismal poems. Indeed his writing habits were heavily influenced by his life. His life was full of depression, angst, and woe. Many of the people he cared for fell victim to deadly plagues and diseases. To cope with this pain, Edgar Allan Poe sought comfort in the bottom of a bottle. In his times of depression he would drink heavily and become sick for days at a time.…show more content…
Back in Virginia, Edgar continued his schooling. Now a teenager, he was spending more and more time reading. Also, his real parentage was widely known by others, and his classmates would make him endure cruel teasing. Although some kids teased him, he did have many friends and was very loyal to them. In the fall of 1823, Edgar met Jane Stanard, a classmate's mother. Edgar became obsessed with her and called her Helen, which he believed was a more beautiful name that suited her more than Jane. "She became the mother he had lost so many years ago" (LeVert 35). Poe would go and spend time with her whenever he had problems in school or with his family. She became ill during the winter of 1823 and Poe was not allowed to see her anymore. On April 28, 1824, she died of a malignant brain tumor and Poe was crushed. " Like his mother, she had deserted him, dying a painful death at a young age. Helen became Edgar's ideal woman – unattainable, beautiful, and doomed. In Edgar's mind, beauty was now forever linked with death" (LeVert 36). Some years later, one of John Allan's relatives died, leaving John an inherited fortune. Once again the Allans had wealth and they displayed it. They moved into another large house and sent Poe off to college to further the obviously bright boy's education. Prior to Poe's departure for college, Edgar and John had taken on a somewhat cold attitude toward each other. Their relationship

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