Edgar Allan Poe Does grief benefit writers? The idea is that sadness, despair, and heartache may be channeled and applied for creativity as emotional inspiration. A well known example is Edgar Allan Poe, who suffered with the death of many of his family members , was orphaned before age three, and fought alcoholism during most of his life. After meeting and falling in love with his cousin, Virginia, Poe was not aware he’d have to endure the pain of also losing the love of his life. If it had not been for his crude life course and the tragic illness and death of Virginia, Poes ‘ work may not have been as good or memorable, and we may not have gained some of the most influential works in literature. Poe was born in January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts and he was the middle child of Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe Jr. He had an older brother named Henry and a younger sister named Rosalie. Unfortunately, he only lived with his family for two years due to the unexpected departure of his father and the tragical death of his mother from tuberculosis. The three children were divided into separate residences, but only Poe was adopted by John and Frances Allan from Richmond, Virginia. Soon after his adoption, he decided to add his foster family ‘s name to his own to become Edgar Allan Poe (Poe Museum). Initially, Poe had a positive relationship with his new family, and rapidly became attached to his foster mother. The Allan’s were financially stable due to the success of John, as a merchant. From the years of 1815 to 1820 they lived in England, where Poe attended school and received a good education. It was during this period he began to grow the passion for writing. In 1824, when Poe was only fifteen years old, he wrote one of hi… … middle of paper … …ery genre and for his distinctive writing approach. During his lifetime, Poe faced heartbreaking losses to tuberculosis, went through poverty and suffered from alcoholism. It is apparent in many of his works that the detrimental events in his past had a major impact on his writing. Sadly, despair, misfortune and misery are words that can describe the life of Edgar Allan Poe. These themes are found in numerous of his well-known literary works. From the beginning to the end of his life Poe faced several challenges, which the most significant was dealing with the loss of his beloved family members. Even though, his early works differ from the later poems it is clear that depression and hardship have had a profuse impact on Poe ‘s writing career. In fact, if life hadn’t been so cruel to him, Poe may have not written the classic stories we’ve come to know and love.