Tales of Dreams and Money

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Fairyland & Epigram for Wall Street - Poe

"I am star-stricken with thine eyes!
My soul is lolling on thy sighs!
Thy hair is lifted by the moon
Like flowers by the low breath of June!
Sit down, sit down, -- how came we here?
Or is it but all a dream, my dear?" - Poe

How beautiful. I enjoyed all the nature references, especially the ones to the moon. I saw this poem (Fairyland) as a love poem. Is there more to it? I didn't really get a sense of the terror edge that Poe usually has... The only line I picked out was when he asks Isabel if she fears the night and its wonders. Perhaps maybe the terror is that the narrator is wondering if it is all just a dream?

"Take a bank note and fold it up, 
And then you will find your money in creases!" (Poe)

I thought this passage (Epigram for Wall street) very short and sweet. Hide your money, and you'll find more of it. Then you'll never have to run out. A life lesson for all... it's just hard to hide your money when you need it, especially in this day and age for an education.


Jessica Apitsch said:

I definitely believe Fairy Land is a love poem. The beginning did supply beautiful images but they were quickly torn a part as soon as the rose (which usually signifies love) was torn "from its pride of place And shook it into pieces- so BE all ingratitude requited." I took this that the narrator feels that the love was broken into pieces. I took interest in the passage that talks about the tattered curtains. I felt in this passage he made a direct comparison of tattered curtains to joy. How sad! His adjectives became very dark after this. I was unsure about some of the images created after and the only one that stood out in the end was "Over waterfalls (Silent waterfalls!). If one can only see a waterfall and cannot hear it, wouldn't that person feel very disconnected to it? The power and beauty of the water would decline.

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