What parallels can be drawn between "The Raven" and Edgar Allan Poe's life?
Edgar Allan Poe’s life was filled with tragedy. The people that he loved in his life died too early—his parents and his wife, Virginia. Disinherited by his adopted father, much of Poe’s life was spent in poverty. While his wife suffered from tuberculosis, Poe wrote “The Raven.” When “The Raven” was published, Poe felt success for the first time.
In drawing parallels, the reader must keep in mind that this poem is a work of fiction . Although Poe may have interjected some of himself into the poem, it is unknown if anything like this scene happened to him. Without knowing...
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It is incorrect to believe that The Raven is based on the death of Poe's wife, but kudos for coming up with the same answer as everyone else does.
Since Poe's wife died in 1847 and The Raven was written in 1845, before she died of tubercolosis. With the medicine in the 19th century she would not have lasted two years.
My theory if this question still needs answering is that Poe conceptualised the idea of losing a wife based on the death of his birth mother and his foster mother, not the death of a still alive wife.