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The Power of One: Edgar Allan Poe

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How does one person change the world? Is it through politics, social media, or philosophy? How about literature? Literature is essential to the understanding of basic ideas, concepts, and universal themes. Its influence on the world is tremendous. Literature has the power of moving people to do things to change the world. The authors behind these writings have the same effect. American poet and author, Edgar Allan Poe, changed the world through literature. His riveting classics have had a huge impact on American and international literature. Through his intriguing short stories and timeless love poems, Edgar Allan Poe was able to change the world.

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to professional actors in Boston, Massachusetts. He was orphaned at the age of three after his father abandoned the family and his mother died of tuberculosis. Poe was taken in by John and Francis Allan in 1812. John Allan was a wealthy merchant but he did not particularly care for Poe and they argued a lot when Poe was a teen. When Poe was sixteen, Francis Allan also died of tuberculosis, and John cut Poe off, refusing to give him any money. Their relationship was so strained that when John passed away in 1843, “Poe received no mention in his will” (CliffNotes 1).

Poe was afforded a good education when he and his foster parents lived overseas. “John Allan sent [him] to the best boarding schools” when he was a young boy (Poets 1). He attended the Irvine Old Grammar School in Scotland at the age of six and the Manor House School in England when he was nine. He studied French, Latin, math and history. As a young man, Poe was able to attend the University of Virginia in 1826 for one year, but he had to drop out due to the lack o...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that poe was afforded a good education when he and his foster parents lived overseas. he attended the irvine old grammar school in scotland at the age of six and the manor house school, in england at nine.
  • Explains that the cause of poe's death is a puzzle to everyone. many biographers agree that he died of alcoholism, but his actual cause was never confirmed.
  • Analyzes how poe followed in the footsteps of his childhood hero, lord byron, a british poet. he wrote about dying and people on the brink of death because he was extremely curious about the subject.
  • Analyzes how edgar allan poe changed the world through literature. he was orphaned at the age of three after his father abandoned the family and his mother died of tuberculosis.
  • Explains that poe's writings reflect his childhood and teen years, which provided him with a good foundation to build on.
  • Explains that edgar allan poe's work had a tremendous impact on the literary world. he was recognized by many critics and writers like james russell lowell.
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