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It is often impossible to separate ones personal life and work lifeOften times things that happen outside of your job will affect orinfluence your performance This occurs on numerous occasions in theliterary profession Writers regularly use life experiences asinspiration for their stories and poems One such author was Edgar AllanPoe an American writer poet editor and literary critic Best known forhis tales of mystery Poe was one of the earliest Americans to writeshort stories and is considered the inventor of the detective-fictiongenre He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn aliving through writing alone resulting in a financially difficult lifeand career Poes troubled life greatly influenced his works From theconstant death of women in his life to his alcohol addiction Poe was adisturbed man whose works greatly reflected his dark and twisted stateof mindBetween the death of his mother foster mother and young wife VirginaPoe was constantly tormented by the loss of women in his life Hismother an actress died from Tuberculosis when Poe was only two yearsold In 1847 Virgina also died of Tuberculosis Surrounded by death Poehimself even said the death of a beautiful woman is unquestionablythe most poetical topic in the worldBrainyQuotecom In the wake ofyoung Virginas death Poe wrote Ulalume a somber poem in which the narrator is wanderingthrough a dreary autumn wood He appears to be following his psychewhich he refers to as a distant entity rather than part of himselfEventually the narrator happens upon a grave which to his astonishmentis the vault of thy lost UlalumePoems of Edgar 119 The wanderingsadness of the narrator leaves the reader feeling rather empty and sadwhich seems so very relevant considering the probable heartache Poe wassuffering at the time Poes favorite theme the death of a youngbeautiful woman is found in many of his other poems However biographerKenneth Silverman claims that the poem Annabel Lee represents all ofthe women he Poe loved and lostSilverman 402 Regardless of whichwork is really
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