Edgar Allan Poe

Unit 2 A Growing Nation
February 18, 2014
Jordan Evans
Mrs. Burwell

Introduction to the Time Period

Many things happened in the short time Poe was alive. He inspired many people of the 1800-70's mostly after his death. Not many people like poe's work when he was alive because it was dark and gritty. Nonetheless he did live in the time of the building blocks of America.

Political and Social Events

1828 Construction begins on Baltimore & Ohio, first American railroad. William Holmes McGuffey, first Eclectic Reader in 1836. In 1842 and 1843 Rufus W. Griswold, Poets and Poetry of America, First telegraph line, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Poems. Between 1845 and 1846 these things happend; Mexican War(1845-46), Texas and Florida become U.S. states, U.S. Naval Academy opens, Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Smithsonian Institution founded. Between 1847 and 1849 Mormons establish Salt Lake City, Evangeline, Seneca Falls, New York Women's Rights Convention and the California Gold Rush.


Edgar Poe Born in Boston to actors David and Eliza Poe on January 19, 1809. 1811 Eliza Poe Dies on theatrical tour in Richmond, December 8 and Edgar is taken in by John and Frances Allan. In 1825 he became secretly engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster. In 1826 he becomes a student at the University of Virginia, while there he excels in ancient and modern languages, but over time he incurs gambling debts. In 1827 Edgar leaves for Boston after quarreling with his father, while in Boston he enlist in the U.S. Army under the name "Edgar A. Perry". Frances Allan dies February 28, 1829. Poe was later promoted to Sergeant Major, but it was short lived because he was later discharged from the army in march. In 1831 he moved in with his aunt, Maria Clemm, and her daughter, Virginia. In 1834 John Allan dies March 27th. Marries Virginia Clemm (age 13) in Richmond, May 16 1836. In 1842-43 he published many things like: The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Mystery of Marie RogĂȘt, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Gold Bug and the Black Cat. 1847 Virginia Clemm Poe dies, 30 January, Poe later falls ill. In 1849, he becomes engaged to widow Sarah Elmira (Royster) Shelton, his former fiancĂ©e, he later in the year dies, 7th of October.

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?

The form of poetry this is, is Lyric Poetry. The Sound Effect is Metered Verse and has End Rhymes and there is Refrain. Example of End Rhymes: Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow-

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