Edgar Allen Poe Payton Webb Block 8

About His Life

Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts to David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe which died when he was only three years old. Poe grew up going to the best schools and excelled academically. In 1827 he enlisted in the United States Army. His first collection of poems were released very soon after that but never received any critical or public attention. In 1835 he became the editor of the Southern Literacy Messenger in Richmond, Virginia. The next year later he met his lovely wife Virginia that was only 14 years old at the time. Over the next ten years Poe released some his best works at the time such as "The Raven." Poe's wife died in 1847 from tuberculosis which heightened his lifelong struggle of depression and with alcohol. He later died on October 7th, 1849.

About His Poetry

Edgar Allan Poe had a very unique way of writing. He had a very dark and mysterious style which appealed to many peoples of emotions. His most impressionable works are gothic. His stories tend to have a reoccurring theme of death or lost love. His work as a poet and writer impacted literature today. Poe is remembered as one of the first Americans to become a major figure in literature.


"Edgar Allan Poe." https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/edgar-allan-poe

"Poe Museum Collection Highlights." https://www.poemuseum.org/collections

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