Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe’s life was not like many others. He experienced horrific events in his life that most people would never have to experience in their entire lifetime. Most of Poe’s poems were composed of death and turmoil based on his life experiences. It was unique to write about death at this time period, and that is why Poe was so successful in his poems.
When Poe was a very young boy his father, David Poe, abandoned Poe and his mother. After Poe’s father abandoned them Poe’s mother became fatally ill with tuberculosis. She eventually died from it with little Poe right at her side watching her cough up blood. Even though Poe could not remember who his mother actually was, he still had warm images of her in his head and missed her dearly. He then was sent to his step parents, John Allen and Francis Allen, who took care of Poe. John Allen disregarded Poe and usually ignored him where as Francis loved him with all her heart. Unfortunately she was killed by tuberculosis just like Poe’s mother had been.
After Poe finished high school, he went to his stepfather to ask if he could go to the University of Virginia. His stepfather gave him enough money to get there, and that was it. Poe ended up gambling to stay in school in Virginia. He was not a very good gambler, so he lost everything he had. He ended up breaking his own furniture to stay warm in the winter. Since he had lost everything he could not pay back his debt, so he fled the University of Virginia. He ended up fleeing to the army to hide from his debt. Poe was not a bad solider, in fact he was a rather outstanding solider.
After he was out of the army he went to live with his aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia. He ended up marrying Virginia though she was thirteen and he was in his twenty’s. Poe and Virginia’s marital life was terrific. They were always kind to each other, and were very much in love. After a few years Virginia came down with tuberculosis,...