Edgar Allen Poe was a man of great talent. He was a poet, critique and the writer of a great many fiction novels including “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell Tale Heart”. But, more than any of these novels, Edgar Allen Poe is famous for his poetry. The Raven is one such poem which was first published in 1845. This talented writer was the first to attempt the writing of science fiction novels. He was also the first writer to make a living on writing. All his writings do not tell us who this person is. This essay is about Edgar Allen Poe. Childhood was not easy for little Edgar. It was a life full of tragedy. He had two siblings, William and Rosalie. Rosalie was mentally handicapped and William died very young.
Their mother died when Edgar was just two years old, and their father abandoned these poor children not long after. Edgar’s life changed for the better when he was taken in by a childless tobacco merchant by the name of John Allen and his wife Francine. Although not officially adopted, Edgar became John and Francine’s spoilt little boy. Edgar Allen Poe’s education was erratic. He attended Irvine, in 1815, a grammar school and boarding school in Chelsea, both for short periods. Then he attended a school in Stoke, Newington which was run by Reverend John Bransby.
He returned to Richmond, Virginia, in 1820, and six years later, attended the University of Virginia. By this time, his neurotic tendencies were quite apparent to everyone who knew him. Poe was an excellent swimmer and loved all things athletic. His education came to a stop with his discovery of gambling and drinking. These habits and his neurotic nature caused him to leave the University. John Allen and Edgar never got along, and Poe was closer to Francine than John. John Allen never understood Edgar and his love of poetry. This may have been one of the reasons why they never got along. In 1827, he enlisted in the United States Army and also published his first 40 paged book of poetry called the Tamerlane and Other Poems. In 1830, Poe attended West Point, a military academy he had always wished to join. Just before West Point, Poe published his second book of poems Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems. Soon after West Point, Edgar broke all ties with his foster father and left his foster family.
Edgar began concentrating full time on his poetry. This was also the time when he married his 14 year old first cousin, Virginia. She was also his literary inspiration. The Raven was published while he was married to her. Unfortunately, a few years after the publication of The Raven, Virginia died of tuberculosis. On October 7th, 1849, Poe died at the age of 40 from unknown causes. To say that Edgar Allen Poe was a literary master is an understatement. He published many wonderful masterpieces. Some of his publications are currently used in many academic institutions as literary masterpieces. Among these are The Penn, later known as The Stylus, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, and The Tales from the Grotesque and Arabesque, which are considered some of the outstanding ones.