Edgar Allan Poe

1809-1849
Poet, writer,and editor

    Edgar Allan Poe had a family of four, his mother, father, and brother. Both his parents were actors. His father abandon them in 1810, his mother died the following year. Edgar and his brother were left alone. He was taken in by John and Frances Allan, they never actually adopted him. He went to the University of Virginia for a semester but then left because he didn't have enough money to pay. He went to the army is 1827. He married Virginia Clemm his 13 year old cousin.

     Edgar Allan Poe started writting when he went to the army in 1827, and published ananymous poems. His writting took him to different cities, and was known for his style of literal critism. He wrote many stories and poems. He published one of his poems in 1845 and his wife died two years later. he wanted to publish a journal but died before he could.

Example of his poems:

A Dream

BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

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 a 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?

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