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The Story of Edgar Allan Poe



The raven


Strange death



The Boy
January 19, 1809
David Poe Jr.
and Elizabeth Arnold
Separated from his

The Allans

Lived with John and Frances Allan in Richmond, Virginia

Stayed in England for 5 years
Loved by Mrs. Allan
Conflict with Mr. Allan
Did not support his career choice
Did not include him in will
Refused to help him when he was in debt

The Soldier and Struggle

Enlisted in the U.S. Army for 5 years

Rank of Sergeant Major
Tamerlane and Other Poems, 1827
Hard time earning money

The Husband
Baltimore with Maria
Clemm (aunt) and
cousin Virginia
1837, married Virginia
Happy marriage despite
financial problems
1847, Virginia gets sick
and dies of tuberculosis

The Sorrow
Devastated and
Tried to put himself
together but failed
Highly dependent on a
woman for strength and
Mrs. Sarah Elmira
Royster Shelton

The Death
Found unconscious near a
saloon used a polling
place at Baltimore,
Not wearing his own
October 7, 1849, Edgar
Allan Poe died
Rufus Griswold defamed
Poes character by writing
an obituary about him

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
Iwas a child andshewas a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love
I and my Annabel Lee
With a love that the wingd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,

Went envying her and me
Yes!that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we
Of many far wiser than we
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darlingmy darlingmy life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

The Woman
Last poem he wrote
Written for his lost
love, Virginia
Mental state is
Depressed, lost

Death of beautiful
women is apparent
in his works

The Romantic
Elements and feelings

Peacefulness and tranquility

Romantic vulnerability
Happiness relied on other people

The Man Behind the Mystery

Edgar Allan Poe

Diana Limliman

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