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To My Mother

Edgar Allan Poe regarded as the father of modern detective story, was an American poet, author and literary critic. He was born on 19th January 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His contribution to the genre of science fiction and horror won him great recognition and appreciation during his lifetime and after his death. He is also considered to be the first well-known American Author who attempted to make his living solely on the basis of his writing career. Poe was three years old when he lost both his father and mother. Orphaned at such a young age, he was adopted by John and Frances Alan, a wealthy merchant of Richmond, Virginia. In 1815 his foster parents moved to England where Poe attended school in Chelsea. Mr Allan wanted to raise Poe as a successful businessman but since his childhood, Poe dreamt of becoming a poet. To My Mother by Edgar Allan Poe is a devotional sonnet in which Poe describes his feelings for his own mother and the mother of his wife. The poem begins with the speaker describing the importance of the term “mother.” He believes that this phrase was coined by the angels as there is no word “so devotional as that of ‘Mother’.” The speaker continues on to state that the woman he is speaking of is not his biological mother, but the mother of his wife, Virginia. This woman is more dear to him than his own mother, mostly due to the fact that she is responsible for the creation of Virginia. It is through her that his heart was filled. You can listen online to free English audiobook “To My Mother” by Edgar Allan Poe on our website. Enjoy it!

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