Love and Death
In 1809, the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe was born. Soon after his birth, he was taken into the family of John Allan after the death of his mother and father. Following this tragedy Poe’s brother died and his sister went insane. Poe applied at the University of Virginia where “he became an active member of the Jefferson Literary Society” (Wilson). He made good grades but failed to give enough money for the expenses of school, which forced him out of the University. Poe left for Boston where he started a new life as a private in the United States Army. After serving two years of service, he went to live with his aunt in Baltimore because his foster mother, Francis Allan, had passed away. Soon after this death his foster father died and Poe didn’t receive any of their large estate. In 1829 he published a second book of poetry named “Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems”. This brought him into the life of writing and soon afterward he published a third volume. Poe was writing books, prose tales, and editing magazines. Then he became famous with the poem he wrote named “The Raven” in 1845. Everything seemed well until the year 1846. His wife died, which made Poe turn to alcohol. This interfered with his work and gave him a bad reputation. On October 7, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died, which remains a mystery until this day. Edgar Allan Poe experienced many tragic deaths in his life and expresses them into his poems. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is a reflection on lost love, death, and loss of hope. The poem explores the emotions of a young man who has lost his lover to death and who tries to distract himself from his sadness through books. Books, however, are little help, as his night becomes a nightmare from the raven interrupting his concentration. Throughout this poem, he uses different figurative language to show the grief and sorrow for the one he loves. “On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before”(Poe). This...
Cited: The Raven. 4 Oct. 2007. Imbus, 9 May 2008.
Wilson, James Southall. Poe’s Life. 2004. 9 May 2008.
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