Edgar Allan Poe

Many consider Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poetry to have been ahead of their time. Classics such as 'The Raven,' 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' and 'The Cask of Amontillado' still haunt us today.

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Edgar Allan Poe

In The Fall of the House of Usher What does the narrator do at the end of the story?

He rides away - would be into the sunset but as this is one of Poe's stories there is only gloom and overcast.

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The Raven (Poem)

What is the first and last verse of The Raven?

First verse:

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.

`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -

Only this, and nothing more.'

Last Verse:

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor

Shall be lifted - nevermore!

Ummn is that supposed to be the first verse? ^^

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Did Edgar Allan Poe kill old man in real life?

No, he did not. Many people think some o f the things Poe writes about were things he did or that actually occurred to him. This is only because Poe writes in the first person most of the time. Rest assured the Poe never killed an old man and buried his body under the floorboards (The Tell Tale Heart); he never walled anyone up alive in a basement. (The Cask of Amontillado) and he never helped entomb a living but catatonic woman (The Fall of the House of Usher).

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What happened to Edgar Allan Poe's brother and sister?

After their parents died in late 1811, the three siblings were separated. Poe's older brother, William Henry Leonard, went to live with his grandparents in Baltimore, Maryland. He died on August 1, 1831 probably of tuberculosis. Poe's younger sister, Rosalie, went to live with foster parents, William and Jane Scott Mackenzie, in Richmond, Virginia, and she later taught penmanship and, possibly, piano. Among the words rumored to have described her were "backward" and "dull." Her life was lived in comfort until the US Civil War started in 1861. She died on July 21, 1874. Poe was probably never close to either of his siblings.

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What made Edgar Allan Poe's poems so dark?

he had a very bad childhood, and most of the people that he loved died.

Literature Classics
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What are words that describe Edgar Allan Poe?

Scary, Nutcase, emotional, determined, Arrogant.

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Did Edgar Allan Poe have children?

Legend has it that Edgar Allan Poe's cousin/wife, Virginia Clemm, had never conceived children; but there is no way to know for certain. Many biographers believe that Poe and his wife were more like brother and sister than husband and wife and never consummated the marriage.

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Was Edgar Allan Poe depressed when he wrote poems?

i think so

Poe was not very often depressed when he wrote his poems. Most of Poe's poem were tributes to women he knew in his life. Very few poems (and even very few short stories) were of the Gothic horror like The Raven.

The idea that Poe was greatly affected by the early death of his young wife is also not very true. She died in 1847. Poe died in 1849. The greater part of his work had already been completed by the time she died. Thus her death did not have an influence on the greater part of h.s work

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Was Edgar Allan Poe successful while he was alive?

Edgar Allan Poe was misunderstood while alive. After the publication of the poem 'The Raven' on January 29, 1845, he gained almost overnight worldwide fame, but it did not bring him much financial success. The fame during his lifetime does not compare to the attention he has received after he passed on October 7, 1849.

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Who raised Edgar Allan Poe?

John and Frances Allan of Richmond Virginia raised Poe as their foster child after his mother died in 1811.

Frances Allan(foster mother) and John Allan(foster father)
John and Frances Allan
Although he was never adopted, his foster parents were John and Frances Allan.
John and Francise Allan

Poe's foster parents are John and Frances Allan, of Richmond Virginia, who took him in at about age three when his mother died. The Allans did not adopt Poe.

At the age of 3 Poe his parents and then was left to John and Allan.
John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia took Poe in after both his parents died in December, 1811.
John and Frances Allan.
John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia took Poe in as foster parents when Poe was about 2 years old. They did not adopt him formally.

He was taken under the care of the Allens, hence his middle name, but never actually adopted by them.

John and Frances Allan took Poe in after his parents died in December 1811. They were his foster parents only and never adopted him.

John and Frances Allan of Richmond Virginia

John Allan and His wife raised Poe and sent him to the University of Virginia
John and Frances Valentine Allan
Poe was born into an acting family, both mother and father were actors, but their tragic death in 1812, left young Edgar to be raised by his Godfather John Allan, a wealthy merchant in Richmond Virginia after his brother and sister cared for him a short time.

John and Frances Allan of Richmond Virginia took Poe in and raised him as foster parents. They did not adopt him.

After his parents died, a couple took him. They're names are John and Frances Allen. Even though they were now his parents they never formally adopted him! After his parents died, a couple took him. They're names are John and Frances Allen. Even though they were now his parents they never formally adopted him! After his parents died, a couple took him. They're names are John and Frances Allen. Even though they were now his parents they never formally adopted him! After his parents died, a couple took him. They're names are John and Frances Allen. Even though they were now his parents they never formally adopted him!
John Allan and his wife Frances Allan became the foster parents of Edgar Poe and added Allan to his baptism name. They never actually adopted Edgar.
Poe was taken in John & Frances Allan, though they never formally adopted him.
John and Frances Allan took Poe into their home and raised him after his parents died.
Frances Valentine Allan and John Allan.
John and Frances Allan. Edgar took the last name of his foster family as his middle name.
After Edgar Poe's mother died; he was taken in by John and Frances Allan. He took on their name as well as his original surname hense why he is usually known as Edgar Allan Poe instead of just "Edgar Poe".
he became an orphan when his mother died and he wasn't one for long, because the allan family became his foster family.
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Did Edgar Allan Poe kill his wife?

No. Never. She died of tuberculosis on January 30, 1847 at age 24. Poe did not survive three more years.

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Which schools did Edgar Allan Poe attend?

Schools Poe Attended:

Taught by either Clotilda or Elizabeth Fisher (1814)

The School of Mr. William Ewing (1815-)

The boarding school of the Misses Dubourg, Chelsea, London, England (1816-)

The Manor House School, Stoke Newington, London, England (1818-)

The School Joseph C. Clarke (1821-)

The School of William Burke (1823-)

The School of Dr. and Mrs. Ray Thomas (1825)

The University of Virginia (1826, did not graduate)

The US Military Academy at West Point (1830-31, did not graduate)

For his college education he went to the University of Virginia and later to the US Military Academy at West Point. He did not graduate from either school.
England, Scotland, and the state of Virginia
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When and where was Edgar Allan Poe's dad born?

David Poe, Jr., Edgar Allan Poe's natural father, was born on July 18, 1784, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Baptism and Christening

What is Edgar Allan Poe's name at baptism?

Poe's birth name was Edgar Poe. After Poe's parents died in late 1811 leaving him an orphan just before his third birthday, his foster parents John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia, had Poe baptized as Edgar Allan Poe, thereby giving Poe their last name as his middle name. Poe was never formally adopted by the Allans, and the name Allan was never his legal name, middle or otherwise. Since this was only a baptismal name, Poe did not have to use it, but he did so to honor his foster parents.

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Who was Edgar Allan Poe married to?

Virginia Eliza Clemm, his 13-year-old first cousin. The marriage license was filed in Baltimore, Maryland on September 22nd, 1835, at which time the couple may also have been secretly married. The public ceremony took place on May 16th, 1836 in Richmond, Virginia. She died of tuberculosis on January 30, 1847.
Edgar Allan Poe was never formally adopted, but John and Frances Allan did take him in after the death of his mother.

History, Politics & Society
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What happened to Edgar Allan Poe's wife?

Edgar Allan Poe's only wife, Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe, died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 on January 30, 1847. She busted a blood vessel in January 1842 and died 5 years later.

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Why did Edgar Allan Poe drop out of college?

Poe wanted to get a college education in preparation for his career plans, and he got some support from his foster father, John Allan. Allan had sent Poe to the University of Virginia with about one-third the money needed for one year of education. When Poe realized this, he attempted to make-up the difference by gambling resulting in about $2,000 in debts. His foster father not only refused to help pay them, but he also refused to pay for Poe's tuition. Needing a job to pay the debts and not having the tuition forced Poe to leave the University and join the US Army.

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What was Edgar Allan Poe's parents profession?

Edgar Allan Poe's natural parents, David Poe Jr and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, were both traveling actors for Mr. Placides Theater Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Elizabeth apparently with much more talent than her husband David. David had started out studying law, but, to the chagrin of his family, quit law school to become an actor. Unfortunately, the acting profession in those days did not pay at all well.

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Did Edgar Allan Poe have a diary?

Fuqua who wrote In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe proposes that before Poe's death, the tormented author kept a diary that was later discovered in the hospital where he died. The finder gives the book to Spencer Tuttle, a literary expert on Poe. Tuttle reads the diary, which tells of Poe's contacts with the demons and of his life with his Aunt Maria and her daughter Virginia. Their relationship becomes incestuous and twisted, and Poe turns to drink in an attempt to quiet the demons and find some kind of peace, even as he feels that he needs the demons to inspire his writing so he can gain riches and fame.

Edgar Allan Poe

Was Annabel Lee a real person?

Annabel Lee was probably Poe's wife, Virginia Clemm, whom he married when she was only 13. Their marriage was a very happy one. Unfortunately, she died of tuberculosis in January 1847, when she was still in her twenties.

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How did Edgar Allan Poe's wife die?

Edgar Allan Poe's wife, Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe, died of tuberculosis (Consumption) on 30 January 1847 at age 24. One day while she was playing the piano she started coughing uncontrollably and a vein in her throat burst. She survived, but five years later she most likely died from the effects of tuberculosis.

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What is an example of foreshadowing in the Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe?

When he says he is awaiting his execution while introducing the story, since u kno he must've done somethin bad to be sentenced to death

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How many siblings does Edgar Allan Poe have?

Two siblings. An elder brother named William Henry Leonard Poe and a younger sister named Rosalie Mackenzie Poe.

He had one sister, Rosalie Poe.
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Edgar Allan Poe is the father of what?

Poe is considered to be the father of the modern detective story. His character, Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, was the precursor to Sherlock Holmes as Conan Doyle's character Dr. Watson said to Sherlock (in the first Holmes Story "A Study in Scarlet") "You remind me of Edgar Allen [SIC] Poe's Dupin." (I might add that it is Edgar Allan Poe in the American editions.) His stories "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Mystery of Marie Roget," and "The Puloined Letter." It also comes from the fact that he has the first recurring detective character in the stories, Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin. Poe was also a major contributor to the popularity of the Short Story as well as the horror genre. Poe was called the father of modern detective stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Who adopted Edgar Allan Poe?

No one adopted Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Poe was born on January 19, 1809. His mother died on December 8, 1811 and his father died on or about December 10, 1811. Poe was taken in and raised by foster parents John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. Poe was never legally adopted therefore he did not take his foster parents last name as his own last name. He did use it as his middle name thereby coming to be known as Edgar Allan Poe.

No one legally "adopted" Poe. John and Frances Allan took him into their home and raised him as his foster parents shortly after both his natural parents died on December, 1811.


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