Significant Events In Edgar Allan Poe's Life

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“A poem must be thought out; it must be sequentially organized, with each emotion and idea logically proceeding from its predecessor…remaining indelibly in the memory”, Edgar Allan Poe once said. As a result, Edgar Allan Poe’s started his career as a poet in the mid 1800’s. Poe was known for his dark short stories, critical theories, and his poems. Even though Poe struggled with his emotions of loss of loved ones, he expressed his emotions through his writing and became a relatable, award-winning poet. Although Edgar Allan Poe had a difficult early life, it consisted of several events that made him the person he was. Poe was born on January 19, 1809 from an English theatrical family. (May 1) Poe had three brothers and one sister; Edgar, David,…show more content…
Poe’s stories and criticism have been used as models and guides for writers of his American-made genre up to present time. Poe had help of an friend named John Pendleton Kennedy (May). John Kennedy was a lawyer and writer, though he was mostly unsuccessful. Another influence of Poe’s life was Edgar’s Father, John Allan. John Allan kept the literary journal, “Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine”, and Edgar used it to “derive his first notations of fiction” (Dameron). For example, a poem: “The Gold Bug” was written during Poe’s military career through observation and influence. Then, Poe decided to be involved in literary criticism. Poe’s “theory and practice and shadowing of criticism had influenced the way the new generation of writers and readers have wrote and thought about stories and poems.For example, the “Mysterious Star” is a new introduction to “Al Aaraaf” , emphasizing the otherworldly quality of the fiction star world. “Mysterious Star” also shows Poe’s complex attitude toward himself and his work (Thompson). This attitude of himself reflects and influences the other writers associated with…show more content…
Many of Poe’s work included a “psychological theme, often the theme of obsession or monomania” (Grubbs). In fact, Poe stimulates terror in his readers to make them experience the sensations he expresses as though the reader had actually lived through those events himself. One critic stated Edgar Allan Poe’s “poems are known for his beauty and melody, as well as dark and terror filled stories.” In poe’s criticism and his dark, metaphysically mysterious stories, helped create a literature that made America intrigued and wanting more. In 1827, Poe fled North to Boston where his first book, Tamerlane and other poems had appeared anonymously as “By a Bostonian.” Poe did this because he thought his work would be more popular if a Bostonian had of written it (Thompson). As a result, Poe tried in his career to unify the sophisticated and the disparate roles of poets, writers of fiction, theoretical critics, practical critics, reviewers, journalists, editors, and philosophers. Then, Poe moved to New York to join and editorial staff of the New York Mirror. There, he published Pendulum, The Black Cat, and two more stories (May). Next, Poe left Richmond and moved to Virginia. Poe moved to Virginia in hopes of starting a new literary magazine.Though his foster father,
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