He was the most important writer of the 19th century. Poe’s works scorn the mind and thrill the body. His storylines are majestic and mind-blowing. Poe is most renowned by his dark romanticism and gothic fiction. Poe’s own melancholy life explains his dark and gothic style.
Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to David and Elizabeth Poe. They lived in poverty as actors unable to meet ends meet. Elizabeth was suffering from tuberculosis, David was an alcoholic. “Poe’s father and mother were professional actors who at the time of his birth were members of a repertory company in Boston.” (Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore). “Elizabeth Poe died in 1811, when Edgar was 2 years old.” ( A Short Biography of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)). His father could not deal with the trauma of losing his wife and a result abandoned Edgar and his siblings, they were then separated. His father then lost his life to tuberculosis. Poe was taken in by John Allen and Frances Allan. John Allan was born in 1779 in Dundonald , Ayrshire in Scotland. He moved to Richmond Virginia sometime before 1795. He made his living by being a merchant. Allan was abusive towards Poe, but still financially supported Poe.
Poe attended The Dubourgs’ school for about a year. He then went to Reverend John Bransby at the Manor House School close to the town of Stoke Newington. “Here Edgar learned to like poetry and reading, studies mathematics, French, and Latin, and perfected his knowledge of English grammar.” (Tilton 17). Poe also attended William Ewing at the age 5 for 4 dollars ...
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...the detective genre and using short story. His gothic and scary style is interesting and creates a suspenseful and spooky mood. Poe was part of the literary movement of Romanticism. This movement emphasizes emotion and imagination, rather than logic and scientific thought. Poe’s stories revealed the dark and depressing nature of human beings.
Edgar Allan Poe had a mournful and oppressed life until it surprising ended with the causes of death unknown on October 7, 1849. . Poe contributed to the gothic and horror that we all know today. Poe will always be remembered as the American author who created detective genre and used short story. Poe’s horror, characters and storylines will continue to live on thru the ages. His themes are used throughout America today in movies, poems and stories. Edgar Allan Poe was a prodigy of his time, a dark genius and a broken soul.
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