Edgar Allan Poe, the famed poet, published his first poem with his name on it on this day in 1845. Called The Raven, it describes a raven visiting a student madly in love. It brought him fame, but wealth did not follow. Poe, an alcoholic, spent most of his life writing, becoming one of the first people to live off of their writing careers and succeed. Although he was never rich, Poe’s poems are regarded as classic American literature and are still analyzed and dissected in high schools and universities today. His other famous poems include The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. He also announced plans to release his own journal, entitled The Penn, which he later renamed The Stylus. Poe died in 1849 at the age of forty of undetermined causes, candidates among which are alcoholism, heart disease, cholera, suicide, and tuberculosis.
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
-Edgar Allan Poe