Edgar Allan Poe and Love

1059 WordsJun 21, 20185 Pages
Edger Allan Poe is one of the most influential authors of his time. Well known for his short story's The Raven and A Tell-Tale Heart, Poe also wrote poems that reflected his struggles through out his life. Poe was born in 1809, Thomas Jefferson was president. Lots of events occurred during Poe’s life with the beginning of the war of 1812, to the writing of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, and “The Vampyre” written by John Polidori. Slavery was banned in England in 1833 and a year later, The Spanish Inquisition ends in 1834 .During Poe’s short life of forty years; writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Charles Dickens published works. There was an influx of great writers during his time. Worldly influences such…show more content…
The paradise for Poe is a happier time or happier place for him in his life with his love. The first part of the poem talks about a wonderful place with "green isle in the sea and fruits and flowers” (Poe, 3). However, paradise is memories or dreams and cannot last. It is soon evident that things are not as they seem .The words “Ah, dream too bright to last” let you know that this state of mind is not real and that the writer is in a struggle with staying in this stupor (Poe,7). It is obvious that the narrator is grieving over something, and feels that he will never recover. Poe’s repetition of the words, “alas”, and “no more”, give the reader a feeling of desperation and begging. When he was in his paradise, all was his; but he must awake and move on to the future. The poem A Dream within a Dream is a much lighter and less morbid poem than what Poe usually writes. Poe writes a poem about how everything in life might just be a dream. He repeats the saying "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." (Poe, 10-11 ) The sand slipping through his hands almost seems to suggest that he is unable to stop the events that are going to happen and time is running out. In this poem, Poe again seems to struggle with reality, wanting to escape the inevitable death of his love. When Poe writes, "O God!" ( Poe 19-21 ), you feel the frustration and torment of this person, who is crying out. Realism seems to
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