Edgar Allen Poe

January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts. John and Frances Allan raised him as a foster child in Richmond, Virginia, when Poe's mother and father, both professional actors, died before the poet was three. John Allan was a prosperous tobacco exporter, that sent Poe to the best boarding schools. Poe excelled academically at the University of Virginia. He was forced to leave the University when Allan refused to pay his gambling debts, after less than one year of school. He moved to Boston and enlisted in the United States Army, in 1827.

" Tamerlane, and Other Poems," his first collections of poems, was published, in 1827. In Richmond, Poe began to sell short stories to magazines around this time, and in 1835, he became the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. On American and international literature, Poe's work as an editor, a poet and a critic, had a profound critic. "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Raven," was some of his best-known published stories. Some of his stories marked him as the originator of both horror and detective fiction. Poe is remembered as one of the first American writers to become a major figure in world literature.

"A Dream Within a Dream"
by: Edgar Allan Poe

"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?"