Did Poe screw at all?

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I don't want any clues, I wanna no the Right n Simple truth. I no he respected during his whole life Virginia (due to her suckin' name). But I no he kinda dated with women, but when they were about to accept affairs, he stopped, as if scared. Hmm... was he impotent? WILL I BE ABLE ONE DAY TO NO THE TRUTH, AGAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Moreover, he was ugly. Fortunately for some of u (haha) ugly ppl still can fuck. But there are degrees in ugliness. Pfff... I'm wandering. Ciao...

-- Anonymous, May 13, 2001


In defense of Poe's looks, if not his virility, hold a card over half of his face in any photo(even the last) and you will see the assymetrical face has one side very slumped, weak and doleful, while the other side is forceful and striking, sometimes the sign of artistic genius like famous composers. pioverty kept him lean. he stayed proudfully athletic even to his last years. Mrs. Clemm gives a rather erotic portrait of his appearance. Poe cut quite a figure in public and within the ladies' circles and was especially charming in his manner.

As to proof, all we have is guesswork and that with little to tangible support.

If someone should uncover some recorded youthful shenanigans at West Point, other than gambling and drinking, it might go a long way to restore his impoverished sexual reputation(by our obsessed modern standards)from several imputed, baseless slanders. You just can't find much in the way of direct and detailed self-revelation in Poe's writings or confidences with others. Not what some people expect, but he was a well-mannered, discreet southern gentleman of the nineteenth century- at least in public presentation.

-- Anonymous, May 14, 2001

An a big charming forehead, too...

-- Anonymous, May 14, 2001

Poe was an interesting character. His love for women goes deep inside of him and is gathered in a hole created by no mother figure. He loved and loved to be loved, but the fact was he could not survive with out a woman beside him. Sure he screwed, but did it with a diginity out of love for Virginia and many the other women that passed through is life. I dont like klPoe, the person or the writer but i do respect him.

-- Anonymous, May 14, 2001

U're telling me ur opinion, Julia...

-- Anonymous, May 15, 2001


-- Anonymous, October 30, 2001

Do you guys have any shame. The man is dead for Christ's sake. He was not the most beautiful person in the world, but I bet none of you look like gods either. Besides, he was an extremely talented and intellectual person despite his troubled life.

-- Anonymous, November 07, 2001

Dear child, If you want your questions to be taken seriously maybe you should work on phrasing them without the words 'screw, fuck, and ugly'. Furthermore, if you don't know the difference between no and know, you shouldn't be using the word fuck anyway. Also, he's dead. He had more talent and creativity in his little finger than you do throughout your entire...gorgeous I'm sure...body. Unless you're ten, please act your age.

-- Anonymous, March 25, 2002

He's probably ten as exemplified by his churlish AOL language and shallow dwelling on looks and sex.

-- Anonymous, July 07, 2002

Actually, Poe was quite handsome, in a melancholy way. Besides, a man does not have to be handsome to attract and hold the attention of a desirable woman. Personality is what really hooks us.

-- Anonymous, September 28, 2003

who cares? honestly...you talk about a great writer and asks if he had sex. HE WAS MARRIED.

-- Anonymous, February 12, 2005

HE'S DEAD-HAVE SOME RESPECT! He was married for Satan's sake! of course he had sex with Virginia! That's what married people do! and all you people saying he was a virgin because he was ugly are unbelievably stupid! People have sex for reasons other than looks and he had an amazing personality to make up for the looks which i think can be quite enchanting and if i'd have been his wife i would've been happy to have sex with him

-- Anonymous, February 16, 2005

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