A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

- By Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe (/poʊ/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.[2] Poe was born in Boston, the second child of actors David and Elizabeth "Eliza" Poe.[3] His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but he was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as Poe and John Allan repeatedly clashed over Poe's debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of Poe's education. Poe attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money. He quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the United States Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It was at this time that his publishing career began with the anonymous collection Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian". Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement after the death of Allan's wife in 1829. Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with Allan.
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?

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Word Lists:

Pitiless : showing no pity; cruel

Avow : assert or confess openly

Dream : a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep

Weep : shed tears

Clasp : grasp (something) tightly with one's hand

Grasp : seize and hold firmly

Creep : move slowly and carefully in order to avoid being heard or noticed

Deem : regard or consider in a specified way

Roar : a full, deep, prolonged cry uttered by a lion or other large wild animal

Vision : the faculty or state of being able to see

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Rating: A

Words: 142

Unique Words : 86

Sentences : 10

Reading Time : 0:37

Noun : 36

Conjunction : 13

Adverb : 14

Interjection : 2

Adjective : 4

Pronoun : 18

Verb : 17

Preposition : 18

Letter Count : 486

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral (Slightly Conversational)

Difficult Words : 23

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