Dream or Reality
Name a few poets that can totally grasp a reader’s attention, and make the reader fully capitulate under the force and vigor of the creation through careful play on words by the poet. Edgar Allan Poe is one of those poets. Living in the 19th century, a period when English was at its height as it was most perfected and eloquent, Poe collected his needed skill in college and lived his life in words. He captured the moments in his life and prints the picture out with words. In the poem, Poe implements powerful rhythmic beats and rhyme that makes the poem flow. The poem is simple and easy to understand, but there are a lot of psychological questions and deep regions in human psyche for the reader to discover. The atmosphere instantly warps around the reader once one gets started with the poem. The reader will feel like he is in the point of view of Poe’s, through Poe’s incredible writing skills. Poe is an amazing poet who utilizes diction, repetition, together with deep psychological exploration, and miraculously fuses them together to form the core of his most mature poem—“A Dream Within a Dream.” Edgar Allan Poe composes using the many aspects of his life. One might call his life tragic, filled with miseries and deaths, but Poe transforms those agonies into poems filled with beautiful words. Poe’s “life was marred by the tragedy at an early age (his parents died when he was 3 years old) and in his oft-quoted works, we can see his darkly passionate sensibilities—a tormented and sometimes neurotic obsession with death and violence and over all appreciation for the beautiful yet tragic mysteries of life.” (onlineliterature) Because of experiencing various tragic events throughout the course of his life, Poe’s psyche developed into an extremely melancholic status. Although melancholic, Poe had many talents, and one of them was writing. Poe managed to get into the University of Virginia, “achieving great levels academically,” and utilizing his skill in...
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