Biography of Edgar Allen Poe and His Poetry
A Dream Within a Dream
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
Edgar Allan Poe
The Father of Modern Detective Stories - Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was born on 19 January 1809 in Boston and passed away
on 7 October in Baltimore. His poems and short tales are considered
original and usually have a tinge of mystery in them. Edgar Allan Poe
produced important literacy criticisms.
Edgar Allan Poe’s parents, David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins
died when he was only three years old. His parents were touring
actors. After his parents’ death, John Allan, a prosperous merchant in
Richmond, VA, took in Poe. He was then baptized Edgar Allan Poe. Other
than the death of his parents, he had a rather uneventful childhood.
Edgar Allan Poe studied in England for five years, from 1815 till
1820. In 1826, he entered the University of Virginia but stayed only
for a year. Although he was a good student, Edgar ran up huge amounts
of gambling debt that he refused to pay. Edgar was then engaged to
Sarah Elmira Royster but John Allan broke the engagement. Lacking any
means of financial support, he enrolled into the army. He had by then
already written and published his first book “Tamerlane and other
Poems” at his own expenses.
In Boston on May 26, 1827, Poe enlisted in The United States Army as a
private using the name, Edgar A. Perry. After two years of service,
during which he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant major, he
secured, with Mr. Allan’s aid, a discharge from the Army and went to
Baltimore. Poe moved to Baltimore to live with his aunt, Maria Clemm,
and his first cousin Virginia His father sent him small amounts of
money until he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at
WestPoint. After another quarrel with Allan, Poe no longer received
aid from his foster father. Poe then took the only method of release
from the Academy, and got himself dismissed on March 6, 1831. In May
16, Poe married 13-year-old Virginia Clemn. Then, he got fired from
his job of editor of the “Southern Literary Messenger”, due to his
drinking habits, and went to New York City with Virginia in 1837. From
1838 to 1844, however, Poe lived in Philadelphia where he edited