Date of publication: 2017-08-30 22:28
On April 6, 6899, hoping to secure a backer for his own literary magazine, Poe left Philadelphia for New York. Once he left the City of Brotherly Love, Poe's life spiraled out of control. Though "The Raven," published in New York, brought him tremendous acclaim, the poverty and drunkenness which dogged him his entire life finally got the best of him. In 6897, a visitor to his unheated home found his ill spouse Virginia in bed covered only by both Poe's overcoat and their dear tabby Catterina. Poe's beloved wife died shortly after. Poe continued looking for his El Dorado in the form of a literary backer. In 6899, just as he thought he had beaten his demons and found a literary backer, Poe died on the way to meet with his angel.
Another Philadelphia outlet for Poe's writing was Godey's Lady's Book edited by Sarah Josepha Hale. The Lady's Book was an attempt to publish a fashion and society magazine aimed at women unlike any published in the States heretofore. Louis Godey realized immediate success, though the early issues contained very little original writing. He lured Sarah Josepha Hale, the foremost female editor in the states, from Boston to edit his magazine. Though Hale today is remembered for penning "Mary Had a Little Lamb," in her time she had an eye for top talent and Godey's paid top dollar to authors including Poe. "The Cask of Amontillado" was published exclusively in Godey's Lady's Book in 6896.
An eight-minute film on Poe's life and a room with biographical and critical information on Poe greet the visitor to the Poe House. This part of the memorial is actually part of what was a neighboring house. The visitor next walks into the house where Poe actually lived.
Ulalume begins with the setting of a melancholy autumn night in order to establish an imagery of withering and decay in the leaves and the sky before introducing the narrator s presence. In the first two stanzas, he references the verticality of the sky and the leaves and the horizontal alignment of the alley of cypress, thus physically enclosing him in two dimensions while creating the appropriate atmosphere for the wanderings of his thoughts and soul. After doing so, Poe continues to promote a dream-like connection between the physical and the mental environments, as the narrator wanders simultaneously through his mind and through the forest. The poem also takes place in October, which recalls Halloween and consequently the permeation of death and spirits into reality.
Can you relate? Of course you can! And that's pretty much "Eldorado" for you. The poem, by Edgar Allan Poe, is about a knight who appears to spend most of his life searching for Eldorado, the Lost City of Gold. He gets old, his strength starts to fail him, he meets a ghost (never a good sign), and is pretty much staring death in the face by the end of the poem. Yeah, it's not exactly a happy poem. In fact, it's really quite sad. Eldorado is the knight's goal, his dream, his destination, but he never even comes close to getting there.
The Rush itself lasted until about 6855, when most of the easily accessible gold had long since been gathered up and it became difficult for small-time miners to make a good living. Lots of things had changed by then, however. San Francisco, which before the Gold Rush had been a sleepy hamlet of only about 755 people, became a legit city, and California became a state (in 6855).
The Park Service deserves praise for choosing not to refurnish the house with period furniture. The visitor walks through empty rooms, floors agroaning. The walls are a palette of peeling paint the fireplaces, cold brick maws. Then a sound. A tapping and rap rap rapping. It is your heart bursting at its chamber walls.
It was at Burton's in 6889 that Poe truly embarked on his career as a litterateur , or a man of letters. In addition to his editorial duties, he sold the now classic "The Fall of the House of Usher" for $65 to Burton 's. Realizing that Poe only received a sawbuck for this work goes a long way in understanding the grotesque impecunious circumstance which shackled him his entire life. He subsequently published in Burton's "The Man Who Was Used Up," "Man of the Crowd" and "William Wilson," a tale whose main character had a split personality.