Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe was a 19th century American poet, author, and critic. Poe is often described as a rebel against society and art-for-art's sake supporter who experimented in making his poems without didacticism and devoid of any meaning, but he is also respected as a genius in terms of his commitment to art and his ability to experiment with various forms of expressions (Fromm 304). In my opinion, Poe was not a rebel because he remained true to himself. Although he was influenced by traditional artists, he adapted this tradition to his personal being. Although he might have been perceived as a rebel against society because of his innovative views on the world, human beings, and poetry, I believe his work remains popular and influential…show more content…
The poem consists of 24 lines divided into two stanzas, but one stanza has 13 lines while the other one has 11 lines. Most of his poems display inequality when it comes to stanza lengths, but I believe he was a talented and experienced artist who knew how to establish a structure appropriate for the topic, and following rules about stanza structure in poetry would only disrupt the quality of his didactics. The poem displays a consistency in iambic rhythm and consistency in couplet and triplet rhyme, but the ideas and settings in these two stanzas are completely opposite. In the first stanza, Poe sets a harmonious and pleasant mood where he feels at ease and states calmly at the end of the stanza: “All that we see or seem / Is but a dream within a dream” (12-13). During the second stanza, Poe weeps on the “surf-tormented shore” (14) because he cannot hold the grains of sands which represent the transience of life. Desperately, Poe asks: “Is all that we see or seem / But a dream within a dream” (23-24)? In the first stanza, he makes a statement as the result of a certain insight, but in the second stanza, he displays negation and unwillingness to accept it. Although seemingly inscrutable, this poem presents two approaches people can take when they understand the absurdity of life – acceptance and denial. While Poe's writings are sometimes described as inscrutable, probably because of his

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