Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Influence of Writing (An analysis on how Edgar Allan Poe influenced writing today) Edgar Poe who later became known as Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe was orphaned early in his life and later unofficially adopted by a successful tobacco merchant. Poe’s life was overrun with tragedies and he lost many loved ones over the course of his life. When he was a child he was awfully afraid of death. That is ironic because when he was an adult he often wrote about death or something of that sort. He attended some college for a short time. In fact he even went to West Point, a military academy. Edgar had problem with drinking and gambling throughout his life. Some of his problems could have very well influenced his publications and his style of writing. His bad habits weakened his relationship with his foster dad. His father became fed up with his excessive gambling debts and refused to keep supporting Edgar financially. Not able to pay his debts he started writing and joined the United States military. He served in the military for about two years. Though his first love was poetry he went on to write many different types of literature. Edgar accomplished a lot during his relatively short life. Poe’s writings will forever influence American literature and has inspired genres. Edgar Allan Poe had the ability to master any kind of literary work but his passion was poetry. “Poe’s poetry and short stories greatly influenced the French Symbolists of the late nineteenth century, who in turn altered the direction of modern literature.” (Literature Resource Center, 2004) Poe wrote very good poems that were structured very well. Edgar wrote many poems such as The Raven, Tamerlane, The Bells, Al Aaraaf, and A Dream. His poems were haunting and often contained mystery, death, and darkness. The Raven instantly helped Poe

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