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Edgar Allan Poe A Man of Secrecy Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19 1809 as Edgar Poe He was the second son to Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe Both parents were actors and shortly after Poes birth his father deserted his family around 1810 Edgar became an orphan before the age of three years when his mother died on December 8 1811 in Richmond Virginia at the age of twenty-four years His father died at the age of twenty-seven years old After his mothers death the childless couple John and Frances Allan took in Poe his paternal grandparents took in brother William Henry and foster parents cared for sister Rosalie Allan was a strict and unemotional tobacco merchant and his wife was overindulgent Poe was educated by the Allans aid in private academies excelling in Latin in writing verse and declamation However regardless of his education he was looked down upon by the upper class of society perhaps because Poe was never legally adopted by the Allans nonetheless he was regarded as an outsider by the Richmond elite However being the child of former actors could have also added to his reputation of not fitting in with Richmonds culture at that time The loss of his mother at an early age definitely affected Poe The angels whispering to one another Can find among their burning terms of love None so devotional as that of Mother To My Mother In Tamerlane he not only wrote about his father but he wrote about his mother too He had more respect for his mother than he did for his father In Tamerlane he speaks much nicer of his mother O she was worthy of all love Love as in infancy was mine Twas such as angel minds above Might envy her young heart the shrine on which my every hope and thought Tamerlane He thought of life with his mother and how it might have
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