Today is also the date of another notable American’s birth. It was 205 years ago that Edgar Allen Poe was born. Poe is most well known for short stories and poetry with an element of eerie mystery. From the frenzied suspense depicted in, The Tell Tale Heart, to the haunting words of The Raven (nevermore) and this, Dream Within a Dream, Poe’s writing has the ability to hold the reader in an anxious state of half fear/half ether.
A Dream Within a Dream
by Edgar Allen Poe
Poe was considered by many accounts to be an odd individual and it seems that his work attracted some rather odd followers, as well. Some say that it was Absinthe, also known as “The Green Fairy”, that drove him mad. Other stories refer to his alleged use of laudanum and opium. Some critics assert that these were a literary device. Whatever it was that tormented his soul surely had an influence on his work.