Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allen Poe was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Early Life

He was born Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809, the second child of actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins... more »

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  • ''This wild star—it is now three centuries since, with clasped hands, and with streaming eyes,... I spoke it ... into birth.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The angel Agathos, in "The Power of Words," Democratic Review (1845). Expressing Poe's longing for telek...
  • There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of m...
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. The Black Cat (1854).
  • Think ... before the words—the vows are spoken, which put yet another terrible bar between us.... I call upon you in the name of God ... to be sincere with me—Can you, my Annie, bear to thin...
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, letter, November 16, 1848, to Annie Richmond, ed. John Ward Ostrom (1966). ...
  • ''In writing these Tales ... at long intervals, I have kept the book-unity always in mind ... with reference to its effect as part of a whole.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, letter, August 9, 1846, to Philip P. Cooke, ed. John Ward Ostrom (1966). ...
  • ''Imperceptibly the love of these dischords grew upon me as my love of music grew stronger.''
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, letter, December 1, 1835, to Beverly Tucker, ed. John Ward Ostrom (1966). ...
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  • Rookie - 791 Points Dan Reynolds (9/23/2014 7:30:00 AM)

    You show some promise, but the archaic language lets you down. Try to read some good contemporary poets and expand your thoughts without the restriction of form.

  • Bronze Star - 6,572 Points * Sunprincess * (7/1/2014 2:15:00 PM)

    ........in my honest opinion, edgar allan poe should be in the top three of the top 500 poets...his work and achievement of so many masterpieces is truly outstanding...he has more than proven himself worthy of this special honor....and definitely, he has secured his place in history, as a leading poet of all time...I would love nothing more, than to see poe take a special seat beside shakespeare....and in conclusion, if you haven't read any of poe's work then you are in for a special treat....enjoy!

  • Rookie Oone Tattered (4/8/2014 5:49:00 AM)

    Dreams, your poem came to me in the inbox, I have been reading your elegant work...

  • Rookie Potato Picker (2/18/2014 6:13:00 PM)

    lost short poem by edgar allan poe:
    potatoes,
    round,
    shinny,
    dirty,
    evial,
    happy,
    cat like,
    all i see is mash,
    how can you eat your own kind,
    you stupid potato.
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    . you just wasted all that time reading, get a life c:

  • Rookie Potato Picker (2/18/2014 6:10:00 PM)

    Cat potatoes are sexy and i dont know why edgar allen poe didnt write about thembut damn cats are sexy potatos. I will date a cat potato. Please come back to life to write about how sexy cat potatos are

  • Rookie Ally Davies (1/16/2014 10:33:00 PM)

    As much as Whitman, a poet ahead of his time.

  • Freshman - 2,072 Points Wahab Abdul (12/12/2013 12:30:00 AM)

    In his short works, Poe often plays upon the idea of a double, where the narrator has a doppelganger that represents his subconscious or his primal instincts. In some cases, as in Ulalume, the double acts as the manifestation of instinctive wisdom, and here the narrator's Psyche tries unsuccessfully to guide him away from the path to Ulalume's tomb because she knows that he will encounter grief and seeks to protect him. In other situations, as in The Raven, the narrator encounters a double that embodies his deepest fears, which in turn eventually overpower his conscious, rational self. Although the narrator of The Raven initially ignores the message of the intruding bird, he concludes the poem by interpreting its word nevermore as the denial of all his hopes; he has projected his soul into the body of the bird. In both cases, the poetic separation of the two halves creates a dramatic dialogue that highlights the narrator's inner struggle.

  • Rookie Cookie Crenshaw (12/4/2013 12:19:00 PM)

    Edgar Allan Poe helped me realise that not everything is good or bad... It's just a dream within a dream... I love his poems, stories, and the man himself...

  • Rookie Nanette Russo (11/15/2013 9:48:00 AM)

    My favorite poem of Edgar Allan Poe is The Raven.

  • Rookie Andres Sanchez (10/9/2013 3:18:00 PM)

    Very good poet who has a dark tone to his poems and who has a good poetic sense and to the people whom disliked him BIG MISTAKE

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