What Killed Edgar Allen Poe? Edgar Allen Poe was an American mystery writer, he lived a very short and depressing life. He was born on January 19, 1809 but his unfair life began after that. When Edgar was three years old, his dad left him and his mom died of tuberculosis.
Through many of Poe’s works, from his short stories, “The Cask to Amontillado”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and “The Tell-Tale Heart”, to his poems, “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven”, Poe has established himself as a prolific writer of the genre of Gothic horror in American literature. At the early age of three, Poe was orphaned and sent to a foster family. As he grew older, he had many disputes with his adoptive father, and was disowned. He served in the army before marrying his wife, who would later die at the age of 24, leaving Poe in despair and inspiring many of his works. The reason to how Poe creates a chilling style that is prevalent in many of his works is his repeated use of both repetition and irony.
This paper shows the background information about how the childhood environment of Poe shaped him, then talks about how his early life affected his style of writing, and, lastly, examples of how his works relate to his childhood memories. Poe did not have a supportive family. His father left the family early in Poe 's life, and his mother passed away from tuberculosis when he was only three (“Edgar Allan Poe”). He was then taken in by John and Frances Allan, a successful merchant couple. Since the couple was a successful merchant, they had abundant money to let Poe attend good schools until university.
Ironically tuberculosis gave Poe stories/poems to write stories over his life and how he felt during that time. Poe wrote about 118 stories/poems about his life and how his thoughts were about the hard times. When Poe was on his very own deathbed he said to God, “Help my poor soul,” and then God let him die, because God knew he left a great legacy for others to remember, how Poe felt throughout his life and about everything he had in his life. Poe’s perception is very different from now that he is remembered in so many ways from his
One early experience that shaped and influenced Poe’s writing was the death of both of his parents before he was three years old. Equally important to what impacted Poe, was that his foster dad never legally adopted him, and then died in 1834. His wife, Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe, died of tuberculosis in January 30, 1847(“Edgar Allan Poe” 1). Edgar Allan Poe was forced to leave school and quit going to the US Military Academy, because he did not have sufficient funds to keep going (“Edgar Allan. Poe” 2).
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston; unsurprisingly, he had a rather dreadful childhood, his family was very poor and struggling to fend for themselves. By 1811, Poe’s father, David Poe abandoned the family. Subsequently, his younger sister died of tuberculosis. Shortly after Poe was then separated from his siblings and placed in a foster home. This early childhood may have influenced his point of view to be rather dark, grim, and covert, as his writing reflects the hardships in his childhood.
Roger Platizky tells us, ' 'The Cask of Amontillado ' ' (1846). Written just two years after ' ' The Premature Burial’’ (1843-44), ' ' The Cask ' ' is Poe 's last and best known short story dealing with what J. Gerald Kennedy calls Poe 's ' 'obsessive nightmare ' ' (33), his fixation on living interment.’’
The Raven which was one of Poe 's best poems was about the loss of his beloved wife Elanore. She was his wife for a long time and he truly cared about her and was hurt when he lost her. The Raven is about a raven that appeared at his house where it was “rapping” and “tapping”. However, Poe let the raven in and the only word that he could say was
Abuse can change a person's life in many ways. While the subject of the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke has spurred passionate academic debate from professors, scholars, and students alike, the imagery, syntax, and diction of the poem clearly support the interpretation that Roethke writes “My Papa’s Waltz” to express his remembrance of his dad despite the abuse. In discussions of “My Papa’s Waltz,” one controversial issue has been the author's choice of words. On the one hand, some readers argue that this is a fond memory. On the other hand, many readers contend that the poem is about abuse.
His ways of witting these thrilling narratives made him one of the most famous authors in the English language. The story narrates the cruel and evil murder or an old man. At the beginning of the story we are presented with a man that is constantly helped by a younger caretaker, the narrator. This old man has a strong relationship with the caretaker and the caretaker even says he loves the old man.