The Life Of Edgar Allan Poe

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The Life of Edgar Allan Poe “Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche The life of Edgar Allan Poe 's was short and mysterious - just like the lives of the heroes of his stories. And like his fictional heroes, Poe was passionate about painful, strange, gloomy existence of the human soul. The contradictory and unstable, inclined to extravagant whims and binges, he seemed to have decided to match the romantic stereotype of the suffering hero, taken prisoner of self-destruction. Without a doubt, he was a genius: a poet, novelist, critic, and editor, one of the first US professional writers who were earning money exclusively…show more content…
Allan was guided by a sense of duty rather than a love to the boy, which has never been legally adopted. But his wife Frances Allan fell in love with a boy. Thanks to her, little Edgar learned what is a mother 's love, which was missed in his childhood. Men 's relation with women always plays an important role in men 's lives. Life of Edgar Allan Poe was not exclusion. Moreover, it influenced on his works too. For example, the famous poem “The Raven” has an image of a woman Lenore. It is difficult to say who was a prototype of the lost woman for Poe. First woman whom he lost in his life was mother, Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins. It is better to say – which he never really knew. Later Edgar Allan Poe had a deep need to have close relations with women who could play the role of mother to him. They were Frances Allan, Mrs. Stanard, the mother of his friend Richard, who became a “substitute-mother” to him; Mrs. Maria Clemm, his aunt who became his mother-in-law; her daughter, Virginia, who became his “wife-mother”; Mrs. Shew, his physician-nurse; Mrs. Whitman, the poetess he tried unsuccessfully to marry; Mrs. “Annie” Richmond, the married woman he deeply loved but could not have for a wife; or Elmira Royster Shelton, former childhood sweetheart (Benton, 1-2). Poe tried to find the image of the lost mother in all these women during his life, but, as we can make a conclusion from “The Raven” poem, he understood it was impossible. “Nevermore” – the Raven said. We cannot be
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