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Edgar Allan Poe


Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.
But he grew old —
This knight so bold —
And o’er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.
And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow —
"Shadow," said he,
"Where can it be —
This land of Eldorado?"
"Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied, —
"If you seek for Eldorado!"

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 Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) was a writer, poet,  editor, and critic. Born in Boston but orphaned before his third birthday, Edgar was raised by foster parents from whom he eventually became estranged. He attended college briefly then joined the Army the same year his first book of poetry was published. Edgar is often credited as the first writer who attempted to make a living solely from his published work, but he struggled with debt, depression, and substance abuse for most of his life. Though his earnings were meager, his renown was widespread; "The Raven" was hugely popular when it was published and made Edgar virtually a household name. Like his father, he died under mysterious circumstances, with much speculation but no official cause of death ever determined. Edgar is considered the inventor of the detective story; his influence on the horror and science fiction genre are undeniable, and his gothic tales continue to inspire books and movies even today.


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I love how Poe's work is so tight that there is never a syllable out of place. The flow, therefore, is magical. He really was a master of the metered art form!
Posted 10/07/2011 08:38 AM
Oh, a clever fellow, that Poe.
Posted 10/07/2011 04:07 AM

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