Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar was born on January 19, 1809, in a boardinghouse, while his parents, Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and David Poe, Jr. were on tour because they were actors. His father left his family and his mother later died of tuberculosis in 1811 in Richmond, Virginia. Edgar and his brother and sister then went to live in the home of the wealthy couple, John and Frances Allan. He received a private school education, then attended the University of Virginia for a year, in 1826, but then taken out by John Allan, then joined the army, then tried to get expelled for he was unhappy there.

After that he began to publish books. Later on he moved to Baltimore with his aunt, and began a productive period of writing and publishing short stories while he also worked as an editor and established an important connection with the Southern Literary Messenger, where he worked as an editor. Later he married his thirteen-year-old cousin, Virginia, with permission by his aunt. Then they moved to Philadelphia and then to New York. Where he worked as an editor.

A Dream

In visions of the dark night

I have dreamed of joy departed

But a waking dream of life and light

Hath left me broken-hearted.

Ah! What is not a dream by day

To him whose eyes are cast

On things around him with a ray

Turned back upon the past?

That holy dream-that holy dream,

While all the world were chiding,

Hath cheered me as lovely beam

A lonely spirit guiding.

What though that light, thro' storm and night,

So trembled from afar-

What could there be more purely bright

In Truth's day star?

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe