Edgar Allan Poe
Although Edgar Allan Poe endured many hardships and suffered many losses throughout his life, he resorted to his passion of poetry to help him cope with the loss. He lost his mother to tuberculosis and his father abandoned him and his siblings when he was just a young boy. Poe was too young to be influenced by the death of his mother at the time it occurred, but later reflections in adulthood led him to grieve for how much better his home life would have been if he had never had to live with a foster family (wiseGEEK..). All of Poe’s experiences are reflected in all of his works; including, poems, short stories, and tales. Edgar Allan Poe was taken in by a wealthy tobacco merchant, John Allan and his wife, Frances Valentine Allan on a farm in Richmond soon after the death of his mother. As for his brother and sister, they were sent to other families throughout the country. At the age of six, Poe was so afraid of the dead or dying that he panicked whenever he passed a cemetery, believing the ghosts and bodies would come after him. His mother’s death by tuberculosis, would be a common source of death of the loved ones later in his life. As Edgar Allan Poe grew older, he wrote on the back of Allan’s ledger sheets showing that he had little interest in the tobacco business. By the age of thirteen, Poe had written enough poetry to publish a book, but Allan was against it (Edgar Allan Poe Museum..). Allan wanted him to become a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe wanted differently. He had dreams of becoming a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet, Lord Byron.
Edgar Allan Poe was admitted to the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1825 when he was seventeen years old. Even though Allan had plenty of money, he gave Poe only a third of what he needed to stay in school. While there he distinguished himself academically, but was forced to leave after less than a year due to horrible debts and inadequate...
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