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The Peculiar Edgar Allan Poe

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“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether mad is or is not the loftiest intelligence—whether much that is glorious—whether all that is profound—does not spring from disease of thought—from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect” (Poe); these are the words of a man born on January 19, 1809. As a child Poe’s parents had passed on making him an orphan. He then went on to live with the family of John Allan who was originally from Richmond, Virginia. During the period of 1815-1820, the family migrated to England. Living in England was beneficial to Poe for the reason that he gained his gothic style that appears so frequently in his work from this area. Although prior to his success challenges were in the forefront of his career, Edgar Allan Poe is a well-known poet who has made a huge impact on literature with his intriguing demonic thoughts and lines which are expressed in many of his most famous pieces such as, “The Raven,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
Initially, Poe had a handful of difficulties that ruined the opportunity of many breakthroughs in his life as a poet. A biographer also noticed Poe’s economic status and verbalized that, “His financial circumstances were often desperate as he moved from one eastern city to another looking for work as a writer or editor of literary magazines” (Minor 9). Moving to discover work was very common for Poe due to the fact that he ran up numerous debts and Allan continually denied his requests for financial help which eventually forced Poe to drop out of school. Upon these occurrences Poe realized that he needed to find work in order to have some sort of stable income to make a living. His actions were definitely a leading factor to why he eith...

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... If Poe is mentioned among a group of people undoubtedly someone will make a remark about his creepy yet captivating ways.

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