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  • big_hairy_beevur big_hairy_beevur Feb 1, 2013 12:29 PM Flag

    In the Past, People Suffering From Depression Drank or Took Opium


    Edgar Allen Poe was depressed his entire life, and he drank and did drugs. That's why his poetry and stories are so dark. People suffered from the same problems they have now, only they were ISOLATED in their misery and such things were never discussed.

    Now, it's all out in the open and people can become educated. Thank goodness for that.

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    • Poe is a very interesting figure:

      1. Born in 1809 to professional actors, Poe came literally from a histrionic background. His father abandoned his mother early, then died in 1811; his mother died later of consumption.

      2. Poe was taken into the Virginia home of John and Frances Allan; he was close to Frances Allan, but John did not adopt him.

      3. Poe's schooling took place in both Virginia and England; he later attended the University of Virginia, where he became known for a dissolute lifestyle.

      4. Poe took up the excessive drinking and gambling that he is known for (although we know that he did not always drink much but rather was excessively sensitive to the effects of alcohol). He also experienced his first failed love affair. At the end of his life, he returned to this love.

      5. Poe ran away, joined the Army, and did well. Like Poe's mother, Mrs. Allan also died of consumption, and Poe's only family connection now was John Allan, who sternly disapproved of Poe's behavior.

      6. Allan helped Poe attend West Point, where he initially did well. But a lack of funds prevented Poe from staying, and he got himself expelled. Poe then began to make his reputation by publishing poetry and stories.

      7. In 1836, Poe married Virginia Clemm, his 14-year-old cousin, his famous "child bride." Critics speculate that Poe was impotent and that this relationship remained platonic.

      8. Poe developed a substantial career as editor, poet, and critic and became famous with the publication of "The Raven."

      9. Virginia died of consumption in 1846. We begin to see the pattern of loved women dying in Poe's life, which is at the core of his work.

      10. In 1849, Poe succumbed to binges and sprees, was found unconscious on a Baltimore street, then died in a Baltimore hospital.

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