Edgar Allan Poe's foster mother, Frances Keeling Valentine Allan, died on Feb. 28, 1829. She is buried at the Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond, Va. At the time, Poe was a sergeant major in the Army.Continue Reading
Frances married John Allan in 1803, but they had no children of their own. After Poe's mother, the English actress Eliza Poe, died of consumption, Frances and John Allan took the orphaned boy into their home. Poe had a very close relationship with Frances and referred to her as "Ma."
In a letter to his foster father after Frances' death, Poe wrote, "I came home, you will remember, the night of the burial—If she had not died while I was away there would have been nothing to regret—Your love I never valued—but she I believed loved me as her own child."Learn more about Literature
The irony in Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Black Cat" stems from his spoken love for his wife and cat and the eventual murder of both. In this story, the irony comes from a conflict between what the narrator says and does.Full Answer >
The poem "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe presents the thoughts of an adult reflecting on his difficult childhood. The narrator says that his stormy temperament comes from spending most of his childhood years alone. Because he did not have anyone with which to share his emotions, the narrator did not develop emotionally as a typical child would. Many scholars interpret the poem as an autobiographical introspective on Poe's youth.Full Answer >
There is no viable proof that poet, Edgar Allan Poe, cut off his ear. Poe did attempt suicide in 1848, according to Listverse, and he died on Oct. 7, 1849 of unknown causes. The painter Vincent Van Gogh was an artist who actually did cut off his own ear.Full Answer >
Among Edgar Allen Poe's achievements, his contributions to the science fiction genre and invention of the modern detective genre are commonly thought of as the greatest. He is often referred to as the "Father of the Detective Story." He is also credited for his contributions to literary theory, having published a number of essays, including "The Philosophy of Composition" and "The Rationale of Verse."Full Answer >