Poe's one of my favorites, so I find it interesting and sort of encouraging that he got his start in literature by writing reviews. According to Garrison Keillor, "He first made his name writing some of the most brutal book reviews ever published at the time. He was called the 'tomahawk man from the South.' He described one poem as 'an illimitable gilded swill trough,' and he said, '[Most] of those who hold high places in our poetical literature are absolute nincompoops.' He particularly disliked the work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Greenleaf Whittier."