Essay about The Work and Life of Edgar Allan Poe

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A bit of Edgar Allan Poe's life had been molded into each piece of his work. This provided his readers and critics with a better understanding of Poe's life. Poe displayed his greatest life's achievements and his worst disappointments in a series of stories and poems created throughout his whole life. It is the goal of this research paper to reveal symbolic facts about Poe?s life and define these hidden parallels in some of his most famous works.

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts (Encyclopedia Britannica 540). Poe?s parents were David Poe, an actor from Baltimore and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, an actress born in England, who had relocated to Baltimore. At birth, Poe had been cursed. Shortly
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A year later, John Allan scheduled an appointment for Poe with the West Point U.S. Military Academy. Poe had not been in the academy for a year when he was dismissed from West Point. It was after his military career when Poe starting to become a successful writer of poetry and short stories. In 1831, Poems included three of his greatest works: ?To Helen,? ?The City in the Sea,? and ?Israfel? (Poe, Edgar Allan,? World Book Encyclopedia 591). When his poems failed to gain recognition, Poe began to write short stories such as ?MS. Found in a Bottle? in 1833. It was around this time when he married his fourteen-year old cousin, Virginia Clemm. Virginia became a very influential character in Poe?s later works. In 1840, Poe published a collection of his first twenty-five stories called ?Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque?. Even when this collection failed to sale or gain recognition, Poe continued to write on a daily basis. Then suddenly, in 1843, he sold 300,000 copies of ?The Gold Bug?. Also in 1843, Poe published one of his greatest works, ?The Tell-Tale Heart? (?Poe, Edgar Allan,? Encarta Encyclopedia). Then again, in 1845, Poe had some success with his work ?The Raven and Other Poems?. In 1848, Poe explained his theories on the universe in his well-known piece, ?Eureka? (?Poe, Edgar Allan,? World Book Encyclopedia 592). . ?The Raven? brought Poe the most recognition and finally provided a spot for him among America?s greatest writers. Writers and

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