Edgar Allen Poe
Pre-AP English II-3
24 September 2012
Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe was a man that led a depressing life filled with trial and tribulation, which caused him to stumble consistently. He was a compelling poet though. He wrote what is considered some of the greatest works. His use of words and how he crafted them into such ornate phrases resulted in his recognition as one of the greatest poets ever. Although Poe was a great writer, his life was dark, which is clearly portrayed in his poetry. To truly understand why Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry was so dark and compelling you need to delve into his life and analyze it carefully. Edgar Allen Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents died when Poe was only three years old leaving him to be raised by foster parents, John and Frances Allan. He spent the majority of his childhood in Richmond, Virginia. Poe was sent to one of the best boarding school in the country where he excelled in academically. He later attended the University of Virginia where he continued to excel, but after one year at the university he was forced to leave, for not paying off gambling debts. Poe returned back to the Allan’s, but left shortly after when he decided to move to Boston.
Edgar Allen Poe’s move away from his home in Virginia starts the change in who he becomes and his overall development as a person. He decided to go to West Point, where he excelled at his studies once again, but he was kicked out once again for not handling his duties well. After leaving West Point, Poe lived in several places including New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Richmond. In 1831 to 1835, Poe stayed in Baltimore with his aunt and cousin. His cousin, Virginia shared his literary passion and was an inspiration to his writing. Poe also became very interested in Virginia in a romantic way, resulting in the couple getting married in 1836. Virginia was only 14 years old at the time. Poe at this