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Poe’s early life and early verse were intertwined, his chief subjects being trauma, grief, mourning, and the desire to establish a concrete identity that would enable him to move beyond his own uncertain upbringing. An orphan, Poe was raised in Richmond by the Allan family, but bitter quarrels with his adoptive father led him to rebel and eventually wander far away. During this time Poe completed three volumes of poetry, but he gained little recognition for his work. After a brief stint as an enlisted soldier in the Army and then at West Point, Poe eventually formed an alliance with the Clemm family in Baltimore, relatives on his father’s side, and in Baltimore he began to write short fiction.
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