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We all experience things in our lifetimes that influence the way we act feel or think For an author life experiences have a great impact on their work The writers feelings and opinions are apparent in their pieces Edgar Allan Poe was considered to be one of the great authors of his time His pieces have been studied and critiqued Over the years his works have gained respect from the writers community Poes life with all of its heartache influenced his writing style a great deal One particular essay called The Oval Portrait is a good example of the life and writing relationship Poes problems began at an early age By the age of six Poe had become an orphan His birth father deserted the family and his mother died before Poe was three To a child at any age being left alone must bring up some feelings of rejection Poe was raised by the Allan family but throughout his life he was rejected by one man John Allan was Poes foster father very soon in their relationship Allan showed Poe that he did not care When Poe entered the University of Virginia Allan didnt send him adequate amounts of money This in turn drove Poe to gambling for books and clothes John Allan had at different times refused to pay Poes debts He was forced to work in a job he didnt want and eventually John Allan disowned him permanently The male figures in his life were not the only ones to cause Poe grief Poe also had disappointments with the women in his life not with rejection but with death Throughout Poes life the women that he loved died at an early age starting with his birth mother Poe lost several women in his life all of which caused him pain Poe survived many tragedies in his life may have made Poe a very guilty and fearful Those feelings might
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