Pass the
bottle, nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe

"And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted- nevermore!"

--The Raven

The Life of Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is arguably one of the best poets of the 19th century, or any century for that matter.

Even though he only lived from 1809 to 1849,he has created numerous works of art that will live for years to come. Not only did he make a name for himself because of poems such as "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee," but he also created gothic and eerie works of fiction.

One of his greatest short stories, titled "The Fall of the House of Usher," features a house that and cast that appears to be realistic, but are actually the mere figment of one man's elaborate imagination.

Many of his works also are about the anticipation and dread of death. Examples of some of Poe's psychological short stories are "The Cask of Amontillado and The Why did this renowned writer live to only 40?

Many controversies surround both Poe's life and death. There is no way to know for sure whether Poe was addicted to anything during his life, so everyone must draw their own conclusions.Numerous plays and museums in Virginia , Baltimore, New York and Pennsylvania also have been dedicated to this man who has created such a large impact on American writing.

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