[2015] avery riley: Edgar Allan Poe

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[2015] avery riley: Edgar Allan Poe

EldoradoGAILY bedight, A gallant knight,In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song,In search of Eldorado. But he grew old -- This knight so bold --And o'er his heart a shadow Fell as he found No spot of groundThat looked like Eldorado.

For AnnieThank Heaven! the crisis -- The danger is past,And the lingering illness Is over at last --And the fever called "Living" Is conquered at last.Sadly, I know I am shorn of my strength,And no muscle I move As I lie at full length --But no matter! -- I feel I am better at length.

Edgar Allan Poe

About Poe...

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. He passed away on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40. Edgar may have been named after a character in William Shakespeare's King Lear, a play the couple was performing in 1809. His father abandoned their family in 1810, and his mother died a year later from consumption (tuberculosis). Poe was then taken into the home of John Allan, a successful Scottish merchant.

Poe probably considered himself primarily as a poet, and he wrote poetry to express his feelings. There never has been much money in poetry, and Poe was always in financial difficulties after his foster father John Allan disowned him. Poe's talent was obviously in the literary field. He is remembered as a short story writer, a poet, an essayist, and a critic, but he earned much of his income as an editor.

After his brother's death, Poe began more earnest attempts to start his career as a writer. He chose a difficult time in American publishing to do so. He was the first well-known American to try to live by writing alone and was set back by the lack of an international copyright law. Publishers often pirated copies of British works rather than paying for new work by Americans.

Poe's writing was mostly inspired by his 13 year old cousin, which he married. Edgar realized to his horror that she had contracted the same disease that every woman he had ever cared about had suffered and died from. Her illness inspired a lot of Edgar's works, including his most famous poem, "The Raven", which he wrote while she was sick, and reflects his horror at the idea that she was going to die.


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