The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allen Poe did not just create poems - he created an entire genre of literature. Among the sweetly composed rhythms of his words, a strong culture of gothic literature began to grow. Poe is to this day perhaps the most famous figure of gothic culture. However, what gave rise to such a fame was not without its price; Poe suffered greatly during his lifetime. Mourning over lost loves and the severed soul of his wife, much of his poetry seems like a grievous eulogy. In response to his frequent dwelling on death, supernatural elements are woven throughout his works, giving a glint of hope that he is not alone. Loneliness, as is so poignantly expressed in The Raven, is what in fact drives Edgar Allen Poe to create the works of literary genius he does. Born in 1809, Edgar Allen Poe was the child of two minor professional actors, Elizabeth and David Poe. However, as it so often did in Edgar’s life, tragedy soon struck. Before he turned three, both parents had died, leaving him in the care of family friends John and Frances Allen. From there, his childhood began to look up. He attended only the most prestigious academies available, and in 1825, attended the University of Virginia. Unfortunately, he was forced to leave college to to insufficient funds. Instead, he made his way to Boston where he enlisted in the army. Nonetheless, Poe continued writing all the while, until he finally published his first collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems, in 1829. Although not
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