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Title: Edgar Allan Poe


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Edgar Allan Poe
1809-1849
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Early life
Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809,
to David and Elizabeth Poe. Elizabeth died in
1811 shortly after separating from David and
taking the three children David, Edgar, and
Rosalie, with her.
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Early life
  • The three children were separated
  • David lived with their grandparents
  • Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan
  • Rosalie was adopted by another family.

4
Schooling
When Poe was 6, he went to school in England for
5 years. He learned Latin and French, as well as
math and history. He later returned to school in
America and continued his studies. Edgar Allan
went to the University of Virginia in 1826. He
was 17.
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Problems begin
Even though John Allan had plenty of money, he
only gave Edgar about a third of what he needed.
Although Edgar had done well in Latin and French,
he started to drink heavily and quickly became in
debt. He had to quit school less than a year
later.
6
The Army Days
Edgar Allan had no money, no job skills, and had
been shunned by John Allan. Edgar went to Boston
and joined the U.S. Army in 1827. He was 18. He
did reasonably well in the Army and attained the
rank of sergeant major. In 1829, Mrs. Allan died
and John Allan tried to be friendly towards Edgar
and signed Edgar's application to West Point.
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West Point
In 1830, Edgar Allan entered West Point as a
cadet. He didn't stay long because John Allan
refused to send him any money. It is thought that
Edgar purposely broke the rules and ignored his
duties so he would be dismissed.
8
Struggling Writer
In 1831, Edgar Allan Poe went to New York City
where he had some of his poetry published. He
submitted stories to a number of magazines and
they were all rejected. Poe had no friends, no
job, and was in financial trouble. He sent a
letter to John Allan begging for help but none
came. John Allan died in 1834 and did not mention
Edgar in his will.
9
Marriage
In 1836, Poe married Virginia Clemm. She died in
1847 from tuberculosis.
10
Career
Poe worked as a newspaper editor and writer
throughout his life, but he never made enough
money to be comfortable.
11
Death
On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets
of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress,
and... in need of immediate assistance",
according to the man who found him, Joseph W.
Walker. He was taken to the Washington College
Hospital, where he died on Sunday, October 7,
1849, at 500 in the morning
12
Death
Poe was never coherent long enough to explain how
he came to be in his dire condition, and, oddly,
was wearing clothes that were not his own. Poe is
said to have repeatedly called out the name
"Reynolds" on the night before his death, though
it is unclear to whom he was referring.
13
Death
Some sources say Poe's final words were "Lord
help my poor soul."66 All medical records,
including his death certificate, have been lost.
Newspapers at the time reported Poe's death as
"congestion of the brain" or "cerebral
inflammation", common euphemisms for deaths from
disreputable causes such as alcoholism.
14
Death
The actual cause of death remains a mystery.
15
The Raven
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ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while
I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint
and curious volume of forgotten lore While I
nodded, nearly napping, suddenly
there came a tapping, As of some one gently
rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
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Poetry Qualities
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ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I
pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and
curious volume of forgotten lore While I
nodded, nearly napping, suddenly
there came a tapping, As of some one gently
rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Rhyme
20
ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I
pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and
curious volume of forgotten lore While I
nodded, nearly napping, suddenly
there came a tapping, As of some one gently
rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Rhythm
21
ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I
pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and
curious volume of forgotten lore While I
nodded, nearly napping,
suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one
gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Onomatopoeia
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ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I
pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and
curious volume of forgotten lore While I
nodded, nearly napping,
suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one
gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Alliteration
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