The Great Authors And Poets Of History

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I. When asked to think of the great authors and poets of history, many think of names like Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde or Ernest Hemmingway. Few people would consider the nineteenth century poet Edgar Allan Poe. Poe wrote countless poems and short stories of the horror genre. Poe’s early life, military activity, romantic relationships and life as an author all played a significant role in his writings and the formation of his career as an author and poet. The work Poe did years ago still impacts the world of literature today and has provided a basis for which today’s short stories are written and formatted. IIA. Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809 to actors David Poe and Elizabeth Arnold (Bloom, 141). Poe was second of three children; his brother would eventually grow up to become a poet as well (Edgar Allan Poe Museum, February 2016). When Poe was a child, his father David abandoned the family and his mother died. This caused Poe and his sister to be taken into the home of John Allan while his brother was taken to be raised by his grandfather. John Allan was a general merchant and he and his wife had no children. John Allan also wanted to become a writer, allowing him and Poe to have a natural relationship. Poe was able to adapt to the Allan home quickly (Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, August 2015). Although Poe was never formally adopted by John Allan, he took on the name Edgar ‘Allan’ Poe (Bloom, 141) IIB. After Poe moved…
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