What parallels can be drawn between "The Raven" and Edgar Allan Poe's life?

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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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red215 | Student

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. 

laurto | Student

As you may know, Edgar Allan Poe's life was filled with events that inspired his writing. Poe married his young cousin, Virginia, who died of tuberculosis. He was heartbroken. This poem is NOT autobiographical, her death just inspired him to write it. 

Both the speaker and Poe had recently lost someone they loved.

They were both heartbroken.

Both tried to feel better. The speaker by reading books. Poe by writing this poem, and others.