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Edgar Allen Poe

Miss Stuart's 8th grade English Poetry Unit

Directions & Objectives

  • You need to write everything that you learn in your writing journal
  • You have six points to learn and five to click on and one if hidden.
  • Each point will have a set of directions. PLEASE READ CARFULLY.


  • You will be able to identify impoartent parts of Poe's life.
  • You will knew Poe's work.





The Tell Tale Heart

Edgar Allen Poe is still one of the highly renowned authors even today for his profound poems and short stories.

Please watch the video and in your writing journal answer the following questions. What was Poe's nickname as a critic?

Poe's Works


Poe wrote many short stories and poems in his life time . Here are four to chose from and you will follow the link and pick one to read. In your writing journal I want you to write how the poem made you feel.The Raven Annabel Lee "Alone"A Dream within a Dream

Poe’s father and mother were professional actors. At the time of his birth in 1809, they were members of a repertory company in Boston. Before Poe was three years old both of his parents died, and he was raised in the home of John Allan, a prosperous exporter from Richmond, Virginia, who never legally adopted his foster son. As a boy, Poe attended the best schools available, and was admitted to the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1825. While there he distinguished himself academically but was forced to leave after less than a year because of bad debts and inadequate financial support from Allan. Poe’s relationship with Allan disintegrated upon his return to Richmond in 1827, and soon after Poe left for Boston, where he enlisted in the army and also published his first poetry collection, Tamerlane, and Other Poems.


The volume went unnoticed by readers and reviewers, and a second collection, Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems, received only slightly more attention when it appeared in 1829. That same year Poe was honorably discharged from the army, having attained the rank of regimental sergeant major, and was then admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. However, because Allan would neither provide his foster son with sufficient funds to maintain himself as a cadet nor give the consent necessary to resign from the Academy, Poe gained a dismissal by ignoring his duties and violating regulations. He subsequently went to New York City, where Poems, his third collection of verse, was published in 1831, and then to Baltimore, where he lived at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Maria Clemm.

Listen to the "Tell Tale Heart" . In your writing journal I want you to tell me what themes you hear in this short story. You need at least three.

Influenced by

Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas De Quincey, E. T. A. Hoffmann