Thursday, March 31, 2011

Poet of The Month: Edgar Allan Poe

Each month, PS4 students study a famous poet! This month's famous poet is:

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American poet and short-story author, known as a master of scary stories. He also wrote detective and science fiction stories. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Richmond, Virginia and was orphaned at an early age. Throughout his life, he had many jobs. He was a sergeant in the army, a literary critic and a magazine editor. His most famous poem, The Raven, was written in 1845. Here is an excerpt:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more."

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