Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts with the name Edgar Poe. He was second born. He had an older brother and a younger sister. When we was young his father abandoned his mother and family and a year after his mother died from tuberculosis. He was then moved into a home with a man named John Allan a Scottish merchant. The family gave him the name Edgar Allan Poe.

After his brother's death is when he started his writing career. It was a bad time to start writing especially in America because alot of publishers refused to pay their writers. He started to write for the Philadelphia newspaper and published some of his stories in there and he moved his way up. Some newspaper companies started to read his stories and he got an award for his story "MS. Found in a Bottle." A lot of his writing was inspired by the death of his brother, the early death of his 13 year old wife and cousin Virginia Clemm, and his rough childhood.

This poem as about how Edgar Allan Poe was abandoned by his father and how he lost his mother. He never fit in. In this poem he is trying to express the sadness and loneliness of his childhood.


From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.                        

Edgar Allan Poe