Edgar Allan Poe was the middle child of three, and when Poe was less than a year old his parents separated. After his father’s abandonment Poe and his two siblings were left with his mother. However, Poe’s mother died when he was three and Poe went to go live with John and Francis Allan hence Edgar Allan Poe. By living with the Allans, Poe was able to get a good education attending schools in both England and Virginia (Roberts 233). One of Poe’s first loves was for Jane Stith Standard, however, this love was shortly lived when she died of a brain tumor. This would lead Poe to write the poem “To Helen”. Years later after the death of Francis Allan, Poe met a woman named Maria Clemm who became a mother figure to him and also was the mother of Virginia who
would later become Poe’s wife. While married to Virginia, Poe wrote on such an emotional level with the stories such as “Eleonora”. This story in many ways paralleled Poe's life and his love for his wife (Hammond 11-21). The question is who does the person at the end of the story represent? Could it be Poe foreshadowing Virginia’s death? Poe knew that his wife Virginia had been battling with tuberculosis for a while. It was only a matter of... [continues]
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