was fifteen when Byron
died, in 1824.
He was untouched by the nobler mood of Byron
, though his verse was colored by the influence of Byron
, and Shelley
His prose models were De Quincey
, and Bulwer
Yet he owed more to Coleridge
than to any of the Romantics.
He was himself a sort of Coleridge
without the piety, with the same keen penetrating critical intelligence, the same lovely opium-shadowed dreams, and, alas, with something of the same reputation as a dead-beat.
A child of strolling players, Poe
happened to be born in Boston
, but he hated “Frogpondium” his favorite name for the city of his nativity-as much as Whistler
hated his native town of Lowell
His father died early of tuberculosis, and his mother, after a pitiful struggle with'disease and poverty, soon followed her husband to the grave.
The boy, by physical inheritance a neurasthenic, though with marked bodily activity in youth, was adopted by the Allans, a kindly family in Richmond, Virginia
liked to think of himself as a Southerner.
He was sent to school in England
, and in 1826, at seventeen, he attended for nearly a year the newly founded University of Virginia.
He was a dark, short, bow-legged boy, with the