Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Have you ever read a book or watched a scary movie and thought to yourself, “How could anybody possibly come up with something so dark?” chances are, the author of that book or the director of the movie you watched got most of their inspiration from the Father of the sinister. Enter the world of the master of the macabre, and unveil the secrets behind his dark and twisted mind. Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer from the 1800’s. A man who endured great pain throughout his life, from which came great art. This is the life of Edgar Allan Poe, Take a journey into the works of the father of darkness. On January 19, 1809 Edgar Allan Poe arrived in the city of Boston Massachusetts. Being the son of actor parents, it is easy to see how literacy, drama and art flew threw his veins. However life had plans for young Poe, as his mother and father separated and soon after his mother passed away in 1811. (Charles 1) Even though Poe was not legally adopted, he was taken in by a wealthy man who happened to be a Scottish tobacco exporter. Poe took his middle name from a man named John Allan. For most of his short early life, Poe lived in a place named Richmond with the Allan family, with the exception of a five-year period between 1815 and 1820 from which he spent in England, where he attended the Manor House School, somewhere near London. Back in America, he attended an academy until 1826, when he entered the University of Virginia. He withdrew less than a year later, however, because of various debts, many of them from gambling; (Charles 1) sadly Poe did not have the money to pay, and his foster-father refused to help. After many arguments with Allan about Poe’s personal debts, he then left for Boston in the spring of 1827; (Charles 1) how... ... middle of paper ... ...eation, the short story. To which he later added mood or effect. Even though he was not an extremist when it came to expressing his feelings, Poe praised longer works and sometimes thought allegories and morals admirable if not crudely presented. (Britannica) Poe was a fan of originality, often in work very different from his own, and was sometimes an unexpectedly generous critic of decidedly minor writers. (Web) In the end, Poe was an author who was overlooked. A critic who was considered a jerk and a man whose personal problems with life made him look bad. However, it is thanks to this man that we have masterpieces like The Raven, The pit and the pendulum, The fall of the house of usher, The masque of the red death, Lenore, and much more. American literature would not be where it is today if it was not for the visions of the ideal genius known as Edgar Allan Poe.

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