Both poems use end rhymes to develop a sense of rhythm or cadence. In "A Dream Within A Dream," Poe uses such rhyming words at the end of lines as "brow" and "now," "deem" and "dream." In "A Paean," he uses an A-B-A-B rhyme scheme. Here, the end word of every other line rhymes, as we see in the first stanza with "read" and "dead," and "sung" and "young:"
How shall the burial rite be read?
The solemn song be sung?
The requiem for the loveliest dead,
That ever died so young?
The poems both also use imagery . Imagery means communicating using any of the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. In "A Dream Within A Dream," Poe begins with the image of kissing a brow, which is a person's forehead. In this instance, it is the forehead of a dead person. The narrator also envisions himself by the seashore, holding golden sand in his hands. We can envision the seashore and the golden sand. In "A Paean," we have the image of a dead woman's friends gazing at her on her "gaudy" bier. A...
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