Orpan Train with Children being herded like cattle to Potential Parents
The Orphan Train
The piece of literature or excerpt that interested me most was the short story “Poe’s Life”. The second of three children born in the early 1800’s to parents who were traveling actors and who died when Edgar was just three years old. Edgar was separated from his siblings who went to live with other families while he was taken in by a wealthy tobacco merchant and his wife. Poe’s life as a struggling, yet successful writer of poetry, novels, textbooks, a book of scientific theory, hundreds of essays, and magazine articles lived a life mostly of poverty having little or no money. His story is one of love and loss and is truly heartbreaking and rarely heard of from a goal oriented, self-driven and successful individual like Poe who proved his ability to overcome obstacles and tragedies. As an adult by his peers, rivals and in death, his distorted image was recognized as a fortunate, drunken poet, writer, and womanizer with no friends or morals. In Poe’s mind, reality depicted a much more deserving 40 year existence. Since his death over 165 years ago, Edgar Allan Poe has been revered as a literary genius and inspirational poet.