Edgar Allan Poe's Tough Life

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Edgar Allan Poe has had a slightly tough life. Edgar was born January nineteenth in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. At the very young age of two, Edgar had lost his parents.He went to live with his foster parents, the Allan’s. When he was fifteen he wrote his very first poem, “Last night with many cares and toils oppressed/ weary, I laid me on a couch to rest”. During his early adulthood years, Poe had enrolled into the university of Virginia less than a year ago when it had opened, while in university he wrote his second poem, “where for three years I led a very dissipated life - the college at that period being shamefully dissolute” . Edgar had a very bad gambling problem and by the end of the first semester was in a two thousand dollar…show more content…
A writer on the rise, he won a literary prize in 1943 for “The gold bug”, a suspenseful tale of secret codes and hunting treasure. Poe became a literary sensation in 1845 with the publication of the poem “The Raven”. It is considered a great american literary work and one of the best of Poe’s career. In the work, Poe explored some of his common themes, death and loss. An unknown narrator laments the demise of his great love Lenore. That same year, he found himself under attack for his stinging criticisms of his fellow poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Poe claimed that Longfellow, a widely popular literary figure, was a plagiarist, and this written assault on Longfellow created a bit of backlash for Poe. Continuing work in different forms, Poe examined his own methodology and writing in general in several essays, including “The philosophy of composition”, “The poetic principle” and “The rationale of verse”. He also produced another thrilling tale, “The cask of Amontillado”, and poems such as “Ulalume” and “The bells”. Poe was overcome by grief after the death of his beloved Virginia in 1847. While he continued to work, he suffered from poor health and struggled
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