Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe is one American author whose name is known to almost everyone. Edgar is known for his elegant poems and for being a tough critic of refined tastes, but also for being the first master of the short story form, especially tales of mystery. He has a talent of having an extraordinary hold upon the readers imagination and not letting lose. Many advents of Edgar’s life has probably led to the strange, but successful and renowned pieces of American literature. On January 19th 1809, Eliza Arnold Poe gave birth to her second child, Edgar Poe, in Boston, Massachusetts. Eliza was a very talented actress who was very devoted to her acting. She had made her debut at the age of nine and was much praised for…show more content…
When they finally settled into a house given to them by William Galt, Edgar’s Uncle he continued his education. He attended the academy of Joseph H. Clarke, and then studied with William Burke, Clarke’s successor. Edgar did very well in Language as well as Latin and French and at sixteen he wrote one of this first poems that is known. Not only was Edgar good at his studies but he was quite athletic as well. Edgar was an excellent runner, leaper, boxer, and a strong swimmer. At Fourteen he swam six miles across the James River in the heat of June and up stream, against the strong current. Edgar became a lieutenant in the Junior Morgan Riflemen Club when he was fifteen, impressing many. Edgar enrolled in February 1826 at age seventeen to University of Virginia. Edgar was much enthused about his classes in ancient and modern language. He excelled in his language classes, along with Latin, French, and Spanish. He joined the debate team and grew noted as a great debater. Although, it would seem that Edgar should be happy with his success, he described his years at the university as moody and gloomy. Many say that his sadness was caused by his first romantic interest Elmira Royster, who he met back in Richmond before he left to attend the university. He wrote her many love letters, showing his adoration for her, but he father apposed the match because of the age difference which was a little over one year. Her father took the letter she

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