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Background and Family Life

Edgar Allan (Left) and his wife and cousin Virginia (Right)

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both of Edgar's parent died by the time he was 3 years old. Frances Allen took him in as a foster child and sent him to the University of Virginia were Poe excelled in his academics. After about a year Poe was kicked out due to gambling debts that were left unpaid. Later on Poe joined the U.S Army and then moved in with his aunt and cousin. Poe then married his fourteen year old cousin Virginia who became his inspiration for several of his poems. After ten years of marriage Virginia died of Tuberculosis in 1847 and Edgar's struggle with life long depression and alcoholism worsened. On October 3, 1849 Poe was found in a disoriented state and taken to Washington College Hospital where he died four days later from "acute congestion of the brain", but many health officials have reopened the case and thought him to have rabies.


This is a Gothic style castle, which is the era that Poe was influenced by.

Throughout Poe's life, he was influenced by several poets that had come before him. In Poe's usage of demonic and grotesque, ugly or repulsive, was said to be influenced by E.T.A. Hoffman and the Gothic style of Ann Radcliffe. The despair and sadness of Edgar's poems and writings were to have been affiliated with the Romantic era of the early 19th century. His personal obsessions with literature of older generations also helped influence him to create new forms which influenced future generations. Poe was also influenced by his life long battle with chronic depression and alcoholism.

Type of Poetry

Edgar Allan Poe's writings were of a Gothic style. Gothic can be described as gruesome, mysterious, and ill-omened The Gothic style was created by people who viewed life as dark and menacing. Almost all forms of Gothic writing are filled with terror and death. Some use omens and foreshadowing to show the evil side of human nature. The main points that makes a Gothic story Gothic is insanity or madness in the main character, death or self destruction, physical or metal isolation, and a morbid or gruesome atmosphere.

The Raven

Work cited

  1. Willis, Cg. "The American Gothic Movement", TeenInk, Access date 5 Dec. 2016.
  2. Biography.com Editors "Edgar Allan Poe-Biography", 17 Oct. 2017 Bio. Access date 6 Dec. 2016
  3. "Edgar Allan Poe - Poe", Poets.org, Access date 5 Dec. 2016
  4. Poetry Foundation Editors, "Edgar Allan Poe". Poetry Foundation, Access date 13 Dec. 2016


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