Edgar Allan Poe is an American poet and writer. He was born on January 19,1809. Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He married Virginia Clemm in 1836.His most popular works are horror and mystery tales. Poe childhood was filled with sadness as his mother passed away when he was young and his father was not around, thus leading him to be raised by Frances and John Allan who were businessmen. I believe it was his mother’s death and his father Abandoning him that lead Poe to write such deep and mysterious stories. Although he was never formally adopted by them, he used their last name all though his teenage years. Tensions later developed as he grew older due to financial troubles, which included the debt for his secondary schooling. This led him to drop out of the University of Virginia and enroll in the military. Having enrolled in the army with a fake name and marrying his 13-year-old cousin, he was Plagued all his life with scandals and rumors and, his writing in turn reflects the madness in every one’s heart. Poe wrote his books in Gothic Style, hoaxes, and humorous tales. His first story was” “Metzengerstein” ‘which was a satire of the contemporary genre. His popular poems include “The Conqueror Worm”, “To Helen”, “The Raven”, “The City in the Sea”, “Annabel Lee “, “A tell-tale heart”. Poe stories often include death of women is horrible ways, which might display his fear or hatred of women due to his mother dying. Edgar Allan Poe does a good job of using literary devices to absorb the reader into his stories, like in “ A tell-tale heart” when he uses a first-person narrator whose crazy and his mental state has us questioning if he is sane. This is turn adds suspense to the story. He also uses irony in this story. The narrator in the story claims he is sane when he, in fact, acts the opposite. He spends the whole story telling the reader of how he is looking at the old man and how his crime will prove he is not insane. This has the opposite effect as it proves his insanity. Poe also does a great job at symbolism in his stories. In “Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator keeps hearing a heartbeat which represents his conscience after they committed the crime. Poe writing reflected the times he was living in. His stories included despair and melancholy which reflected the effects of the romantic movement of the early nineteenth century. One of his major inspirations of his career was his wife Virginia, he wrote “Annabel Lee” upon her death. Being left by both parents also affected his writings. Since the early loss of his parents and the traumatic death of his young wife from tuberculosis, a death that Poe never recovered and as a result we see his despair in his stories reflected many times in his writing. “The Raven” is a perfect example of this as the main story is about the madness of a young man mourning the death of his wife. Edgar Allan Poe was a great writer. Poe was highly intelligent and well educated, allowing him to use a huge selection of peoples, locations, and emotions to draw from in his stories. He builds up imagery and sensory with such details that it helps the reader to set the mood for the story. He builds up narrators that were either struggling with mental issues, or frightfully unreliable, the same one writers do today.