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Most times when Edgar Allen Poe is being discussed its usually for his absurd and bizarre poems Underneath his unusual poetic style is a man who sought the maternal figure that he grew up without Poe demonstrates in many of his romantic poems that losing a mother at a young age triggers you to seek maternal affection at an older age His yearning for a womans love became more intense as his lovers would pass away Poems like Sonnet to my Mother Annabel Lee and Annie are disguises for the women in his life like Maria Clemm Virginia Poe Sarah Whitman and Annie The women who Poe loved not only had an immense impact on his life but also on his style of writing and his topics of choiceEdgar Allen Poe was born on January 19 1809 When Poe was two years old his mother Elizabeth died from Tuberculosis Losing the chance of growing up with a maternal figure Edgar frequently searched for a motherly figure that could perhaps replace what he never had from his biological mother He met Maria Clemm his aunt who he moved in with him in Baltimore Maryland Poe immediately was emotionally attached too Maria Clemm and considered her as a mother He dedicated the poem Sonnet to my Mother to her in each stanza you witness what Poe definition of a mother is and how Maria Clemm meets the description For example Because the angels in the Heaven above he is using the analogy of angels to describe how pure her love is and that she her guardian angel None so devotional as that of mother Therefore by that sweet name I long have called you This shows that he envisions a mother to be a symbol of devotion someone who commits to making sure that her children is taken care of and is comforting and caring Maria Clemm symbolized that definition because he mentioned that he
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