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TRUE --nervous --very very dreadfully nervous I had been and am but why will you say that I am mad The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them Above all was the sense of hearing acute I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth I heard many things in hell How then am I mad Hearken and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story This eerie quote is the way Poe decided to start one of his most beloved works The Tell-Tale Heart Very few writers in our history have made such an impact as Edgar Allen Poe has Being the father of the short story and the mystery Poe was a revolutionary for his time Writing such chilling masterpieces as The Raven The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat Poe struck a chord in American literature that combined now classic stories with ominous detail No author can compare to his natural style of rhythm his flowing details or his ability to create stunning settings In this speech Ill explain to you the finer points of Poes story The Tell-Tale Heart but first a biographical summary Edgar Allen Poe was born to Eliza and David Poe on the 19th of January 1809 Edgar and his brother and sister were orphaned before Edgars third birthday and Edgar was taken in to the home of John and Fanny Allan in Richmond VA In 1826 he entered the University of Virginia Although a good student he was forced to gamble since John Allan did not provide well enough Allan refused to pay Poes debts and Poe had to leave the University after only one year In 1827 Poe enlisted in the Army under the name Edgar A Perry where his quarrels with John Allan continued Edgar did well in the army but in 1829 he left and decided to apply for a cadetship at West PointWhen the
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