Alone & Porphyria's Lover

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Alone & Porphyria’s Lover “Let's make the best of the situation , before I finally go insane, please don't say we'll never find a way, and tell me all my love's in vain”-Eric Clapton. Insanity and dangerous behavior plays a big part in pop culture in our society like these lyrics in an Eric Clapton song. Dangerous behavior, however, is not limited to music. It is everywhere in our society, movies, books, and poetry. One of the most famous poets who wrote about insane behavior is Edgar Allan Poe. His poem Alone is not as well known as The Raven but it has a similar theme of people who are going insane. Another famous poem about a psychopath is Robert Browning’s Porphyria’s Lover which is about a man who feels the only way to get close to his lover is to kill her. Both poems give an insight on dangerous and insane thoughts to particular individuals whom are on the fringes of society. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. Poe was the son of an ex-lawyer turned actor father,David Poe, and an actor mother, Eliza Poe (Meltzer 14). Since actors were not paid much during that time the Poes had to take any acting job that was offered to them. This forced them to leave their first born child, Henry, in the care of friends in Baltimore in the year 1807 while they traveled in an acting troupe for work (14). They traveled all along the east coast but Eliza had especially enjoyed Boston where she and David performed and lived for three years (14). Eliza performed while pregnant until one week before Edgar was born and was back on the stage one month after giving birth (14). This was,however, a frantic time for the Poes given their commitment to their craft. They could not decide what to do with their new baby. They could not take him with them and had no one else to take him in. All this stress led David to drink heavily (14). When Edgar was

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