Edgar Allan Poe

January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849
Boston, Massachusetts

Edgar Allan Poe was a child of two actors, his father abandoning the family in 1810, and his mother dying the following year. He then lived with John and Frances Allan, who never formally adopted him. After having constant conflicts with John Allan, he attended the University of Virginia for one semester then dropped out because Allan wouldn't pay Poe's education bills. Poe later joined the army where his publishing career began.

As Poe was an editor for Southern Literary Messenger, he established himself as a author, poet, editor, and literary critic. He then would go on to write some of his greatest works such as The Gold Bug, The Black Cat, The Tell Tale Heart, and The Raven.

evening star

'Twas noontide of summer,

And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro' the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
'Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves.
I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold- too cold for me-
There pass'd, as a shroud,
A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
For joy to my heart
Is the proud part
Thou bearest in Heaven at night,
And more I admire
Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.