Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven

Like many famous poets, Edgar Allan Poe grew up in poverty. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was orphaned at a young age; his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family. Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He went to the University of Virginia for one semester but left because he didn't have enough money to continue. After enlisting in the Army and then failing as an officer's cadet at West Point, Poe split ways with the Allans. His publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, "Tamerlane and Other Poems" (1827), which was credited only to "a Bostonian".In 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January of 1845 Poe published his poem, "The Raven", to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. He then began planning to produce his own journal, The Penn, though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore. The cause of his death is still a mystery and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents. Somehow, all medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost.

SilenceThere are some qualities- some incorporate things, That have a double life, which thus is made A type of that twin entity which springs From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade. There is a two-fold Silence- sea and shore- Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places, Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces, Some human memories and tearful lore, Render him terrorless: his name's "No More." He is the corporate Silence: dread him not! No power hath he of evil in himself; But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!) Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf, That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!


El DoradoGaily 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. And, as his strength Failed him at length,He met a pilgrim shadow— ‘Shadow,’ said he, ‘Where can it be—This land of Eldorado?’ ‘Over the Mountains Of the Moon,Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride,’ The shade replied,—‘If you seek for Eldorado!’

Synopsis of "Silence"In this poem, Poe talks about how life is made of small things that come together to create balance. He also talks about duality like “matter and solid” and “light and shade” that exists in almost every part of life. In the same context he introduces the two faces of silence ie “body and soul” and “sea and shore”. Poe’s reference to the mirror image of “two fold” through extreme symbolism points towards the theme of life and death. He refers to the silence that death brings into one’s life as well as the silence that dawns upon a person’s life soon after a loved one is lost.Poe used Personification- "things that have a double life".He also used figuaritive languauge- "Bring thee to meet his shadow"

Synopsis of "El Dorado"The “gallant knight” has become an analogy that Poe made for himself. As one of Poe’s final poems, it makes sense that he'd be describing his life. The story tells of a man who spends his life on a fruitless quest for success, happiness, knowledge and/or wealth, and while succumbing to weakening health, realises that the search has been in vain.Poe uses the city of gold to symbolize something a person desperately wants to attain, but cannot.He also uses personification when he has a conversation with the shadow.


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