Lit and Comp 1
2 December 2010
Edgar Allan Poe
His works and life relating to “Annabel Lee”
Many poets and story writers write their stories based upon events and aspects of their life. They do this because it is so relatable and easy to write about because there is some truth in the words. Edgar Allan Poe is said to be one of these because his stories actually relate to his tragic, love stricken life. He is known to lead an overall depressing life that was full of loss and grief of loved ones. So because of this, Poe suffered most of his life. But although he had many misfortunes, he resorted to his passion of poetry to help him. Poe wrote many stories and poems that both reflected and represented his life. Stories such as Annabel Lee strongly show this as it is about the death of a loved women.
Edgar Allan Poe was a mysterious man that accomplished many feats and went on to become one of the world’s most famous poets, although he also had a devastating life. On January 19th, 1809, Edgar Poe was born in Boston (“Edgar Allan Poe” Wikipedia). He began his tragic life at a young age of three years old when his mother died and father left him (“Edgar Allan Poe” Wikipedia). Then as an orphan, young Edgar was adopted by his uncle, a tobacco merchant, John Allan, and his wife Frances (“Edgar Allan Poe” Wikipedia). After years of school, Poe was admitted to the University of Virginia at only sixteen, but stayed for only one semester because of lack of financial aid from Allan (Giordano). Angry with Allan, Poe decided to enlist into the army as a private (Giordano). There, he published his first book in 1827, “Tamerlane and Other Poems,” and his career as a writer spiraled outward from there (“Edgar Allan Poe” Wikipedia). Poe continued to write and publish small books, earned little money, and did what he could to get noticed. He soon had another book published and by this point, he had a great fan base and was considered a celebrity in Baltimore (“Edgar Allan Poe” Wikipedia). His readers felt his work was so unique and sometimes even asked for autographs from Poe. From this publicity, he was earning good money. But the good fortune didn’t last long and he was soon at the poverty level again and moved back and forth from New York to Virginia, submitting stories to and working for different magazines, getting small amounts of money here and there. Then, in 1841, while working for Grahams Magazine (“Edgar Allan Poe” NNBD), Poe wrote the first ever detective story, a murder mystery. It was titled “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (Giordano). The public had never seen this kind of story so it immediately became famous and Edgar’s fame rose even higher. Poe had created a whole new topic in literature and some agree that this was his greatest contribution to world literature. In the next several years, Poe lost his wife Virginia but continued writing novels and stories in his grief (“Edgar Allan Poe” Gale). This is said to be a basis for inspirations for his stories such as Annabel Lee and others (“Edgar Allan Poe” Wikipedia). He once said “The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.” (LeVert 12). When not further loved, Poe tried to commit suicide in Boston (“Edgar Allan Poe” NNBD). In this state of depression, Poe wrote the poem “Annabel Lee” using his favorite theme, the grief a man feels when he loses women (“Edgar Allan Poe” Wikipedia). Poe died on the October 7th due to complications related to a brain lesion (Giordano). This was the end of the tragic life of poet Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe led an influential but very rough life. He was usually in need of money despite his fame, but wrote a total of 30 books alongside starting a whole new genre of writing. This author/poet wrote some of the best stories and poems and although he wasn’t so lucky in the events of his life, he will always be remembered as a great influence...