Edgar allan poe short poems

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edgar allan poe short poems

The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

How could I not love this book? Shortly after reading Poes complete works as a teenager, my family was transferred to Fort Monroe in southern Virginia. While waiting for permanent housing, I ended up staying in the house (and the very bedroom) that Poe had been in while he served on the base. Pulling out this book and reading it in the very space where Poe had suffered through depression and anxiety was exhilarating. While I realized the morbid nature of my glee, it somehow seemed appropriate as I lay awake at nights praying to hear that telltale ticking.

As an adult, I have come to realize that my love of Poes horror comes from the fact that he focuses not on the gore on modern horror, but rather on the shocking indelicacy of human potential. I sometimes think of him as the Gothic forefather of Anthony Robbins.
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Read Aloud (Poem): "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is credited with initiating the modern detective story , developing the Gothic horror story , and being a significant early forerunner of the science fiction form. He drifted in and out of consciousness, hallucinating and speaking nonsense. After his mother died in Richmond , Virginia, in , he was taken into the home of John Allan, a Richmond merchant presumably his godfather , and of his childless wife. He was later taken to Scotland and England —20 , where he was given a classical education that was continued in Richmond. For 11 months in he attended the University of Virginia , but his gambling losses at the university so incensed his guardian that he refused to let him continue, and Poe returned to Richmond to find his sweetheart, Sarah Elmira Royster, engaged. He went to Boston, where in he published a pamphlet of youthful Byronic poems, Tamerlane, and Other Poems. Poverty forced him to join the army under the name of Edgar A.

Who Was Edgar Allan Poe?

A Magnificent American poet, short story writer, journalist, and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, in Boston, Massachusetts. Edgar was orphaned at an early age, and was sent to live with a foster family, the Allans, in Richmond, Virginia. Young Poe was never officially adopted by the Allans, and was eventually disowned by the family after years of disputes. Poe won a short story contest at the age of 24 and therefore became a literary critic for the "Southern Literary Messenger". Shortly after that, he married his cousin, Virginia, who was 13 at the time, in at the age of Edgar became famous around the United States upon the publication of "The Raven" in Edgar's life was marred with intense drinking bouts, giving him a bad reputation in 19th century society.


  1. Kent D. says:

    Edgar Allan Poe was a pioneer of the short story form, but he was also an accomplished poet.

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