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Edgar Allan Poe
Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe
Speaker and Tone
The speaker is a mysterious and confused me who has just departed from a loved one and is contemplating life with respect to what is reality and what is a fantasy
The tone of the poem is dessperate and contemplative
The tone is achieved when the speaker says "while i weep- while i weep" and when he questions god in desperation asking "can i not save one from a pitiless wave?"
It is ironic that the speaker is in a dream, which has a happy connotation, but he is weeping and can't hold on to anything.
Rather than the speaker being upset with reality he is upset with fantasy.
The diction reflects the time period of the early 1800s
A Dream Within A Dream
Setting and Context
Sight and Sound
"I stand amid the roar, Of a surf-tormented shore"-- This is imagery because, Surf-tormented shore shows the violence in his frustrartion of not knowing what is reality and what is a dream
The poem is all end rhyme
Deems, Days, Dream is alleration
Edgar Allan Poe
By: Ragen Tyndall
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Structure and Form
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?
The setting in time can be determined by the diction and poe's lifetime and is around the early 1800s
The setting in place in the first stanza is the speaker seperating from a woman
In the second stanza it is clear that the speaker is on a beach because it states in the poem "I stand amid the roar of a surf-tormented shore" and "golden sand"
This poem has more of a cultural context
It was wriiten in the event of his wife, Virginia's death
The whole poem is an extended metaphor because the speaker is saying life is a dream and is explaining how it infact is a dream
"Yet how they creep"(line 16) is personification because sand can't creep
"Hope has flown away"(line 17) is also personification
The poem is allegorical in which life represents a dream
Symbole: the sand represents people
There is apostrophe when the poem says "oh god! can i not grasp?"(line 19)
This fine gent.
Edgar Allan Poe was a troubled man with a unfortunate life that inspires this work to have a dark,deep, and emotional feel
Born January 19 1809 , Boston MA
His mom died after his father left them
His fiancee, Elmira Royster, became engaged to aanother man while she was engaged to poe
His first wife, Virginia which was also his younger cousin passed away in the winter of 1847
Attended University of Virginia but dropped out one year later due to debt
Died October 7 1849, Baltimore MD
The theme of this poem is that no matter how hard you try sometimes you can't grasp the truth
This poem is an elegy
This was writtin to his wife of 11 years, Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe
She died of tuberculosis Jan. 30 1847
The poem consists of nine pairs of rhyming lines and two groups of three rhyming lines