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The lives and the experiences of an author often are reflected in their work Although Edgar Allan Poe and Jim Morrison lived nearly a century apart their lives were similar filled with tragedy addictions and perhaps most importantly writing Both Poe and Morrisons poetry reflected imageries of death which both writers experienced so much of in their respective lifetimes Their morbid fascination with death steams from their early childhood experiences This paper will explore this fascination of death using the works by Jim Morrison including Blessings Cassandra at the Well and Horse Latitudes and the works of Edgar Allan Poe including Lenore Spirits of the Dead and Alone The images of death in these works illustrates each writers trial and tribulations throughout their brief yet prolific existences Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 19 1809 His father deserted his family and his mother an actress died of tuberculosis when Poe was only three years old He was then sent to live with his aunt and uncle John and Gleason 2 Frances Allen in Virginia In 1826 Edgar attended the University of Virginia where he was an exceptional student but unfortunately he was forced to drop out due to large gambling debts He was then forced to join the army in 1827 Prior to his discharge in 1829 he attained the rank of Sargent major In 1830 Poe moved to Baltimore Maryland to live with his aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia and enlisted in the United States Military Academy in order to gain his uncles respect When Edgars Aunt Frances Allen died Poes uncle remarried Out of anger Poe decided he would not reconcile with his uncle He deliberately broke military regulations in order to be dismissed from West Point Soon after Poe began his literary career He first began by writing poetry He was able to publish two volumes of poetry Due to the lack
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