Edgar Allen Poe

Boston, Massachusetts


On Jan. 19, 1809, Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe's mom and dad were both proffesional actors, but they both died when he was three. Frances and John Allen raised Poe as a foster child in Richmond, Virginia. John Allen was a prosperous tobacco exporter, who sent Poe to the University of Virginia. After one year of school Poe was forced to leave for not paying his gambling debt. Poe tried out for the military, but was told to leave for the lack of financial support.

Poe starred to sell short stories after moving in with his aunt Maria and her daughter Virginia in Baltimore, Maryland. In the next ten years Poe would edit a number of literary journals which included: the Burton's Gentleman's Magazine and Graham's Magazine. Poe's work as an editor, critic, and poet has made a huge impact on literature. On October, 3, 1849, Poe was found in a state of semi-consciousness, 4 days later he died from congestion to the brain.

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?