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Did Poe had a bad experience in his love life that made him fall for his own cousin?
-- Anonymous, June 05, 2002
His first fiance, Elmira Royster, was married off to a merchant. His correspondence to her while he was away had been kept from her. So using Virginia as a courier next time he tried again, but fell for the messenger who plainly, with the aid of her mother, won Poe over. The intimacy of the domestic circle, huge need for Poe(orphan, now poor and alone), was already there, so in spite of failing big time for an ideal love, he added on to what he already had.
-- Anonymous, June 06, 2002