Edgar Allan Poe

  Edgar Allen Poe was a American Author, Poet, writer, and literary critic. He is known for his short stories. He was the second of two actors his parents abandoned him on 1811 and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is also credited with contributing to the genre of science fiction.

  After his brother's death, Poe began more earnest attempts to start his career as a writer. But he chose some of the hardest times to do so.  Having the lack of copyright and many pirating copies of British work rather than reading original American works publishers often refused to pay him. Soon later Edgar Poe was married to Virginia Clemm. They were married until 11 years later Clemm died. Many believe that this event inspired Edgar's later writings.

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?