Edgar Allan Poe

Born January 19, 1809
Boston, Massachusetts
Died October 7, 1849 (aged 40)

Edgar Allan Poe a famous poet was married to Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe and his parents are un known and had three children Alexander, Anne and marry none of which have a specific date of birth. Edgar joined the military when he was 18, he lied about his age and said he was 22. He first served at Fort Independence as a private for five dollars a month. Edgar married his cousin and until her death, which inspired many of his writings

Edgar is most known for his more "gothic" work, this genre appealed to the public and became very popular especially after his death occurred. Many of his works were dark romantic works. Poe only one two small awards in his life time a fifty dollar award for finding a message in the bottle. The second prize was a hundred dollars from the dollar newspaper for the story "The Gold Bug"

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?

Source- http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/edgar_allan_poe/poems/18847

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