Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

A Dream Within A Dream - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

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?


Comments about A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Gold Star - 49,574 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/31/2015 11:19:00 PM)

    Absolutely, unequivocally...A W E S O M E! ! ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 341 Points Madhumitha Murali (7/22/2015 11:31:00 AM)

    It displays man's greed in trying to hold the golden sand, but is washed away by another dream, away far away. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 358 Points Hadil Diaf (7/19/2015 2:21:00 PM)

    Beautiful title, beautiful poem..i love everything about it.. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,018 Points Charity Nduhiu (7/16/2015 12:37:00 AM)

    The dream seems to be sweet. I like (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 365 Points Loppo Louie (7/14/2015 2:35:00 PM)

    A dream withina dream sounds lika movie I seen.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,002 Points Edgar Stevens (7/3/2015 3:59:00 AM)

    Once you dream, you always dream (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,205 Points Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (7/2/2015 1:21:00 PM)

    I like it very much. Nice work (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michelle Andrade (6/28/2015 10:47:00 PM)

    I Love that so much (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,566 Points Melissa Patty (6/16/2015 7:49:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful piece of writing x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 155 Points Kartike Chadha (6/13/2015 2:40:00 AM)

    Great poem. Expressed your thoughts clearly, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vikash Radhey (5/28/2015 9:56:00 AM)

    Nice poem i love this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 154 Points Chandra Shekar K (5/28/2015 9:19:00 AM)

    Time waves are so strong that they even snatch away the life's precious sand particles from our clasp. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,704 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/23/2015 5:33:00 PM)

    Too short, to short is life. That idea has been excellently expressed in this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 247 Points Colin Cedar Bell (5/18/2015 10:17:00 AM)

    The pain of the transience of life, we cannot hold on to anything, but gather memories....And it passes away like a dream. Or maybe there is more to life and we just haven't seen it yet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 188 Points Tandin Wangchuk (4/30/2015 11:15:00 PM)

    I stand amid the roar
    Of a surf-tormented shore,
    And I hold within my hand
    beautiful lines rendered (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,123 Points Panmelys Panmelys (4/7/2015 1:11:00 PM)

    I come close to Audrey Malloy, and feel the sadness of loss of three people he loved and that the sands of time like the hourglass, is past, present and future, stages we all pass thru, and like sand it goes so fast, especially present.
    Dream within a dream, is marvellous, and it needs no critic, or more than the depth of the poet's own rendering.
    What is a dream, something you can't analyse, ot take apart, it lives so close to us all, familiar and yet fleeting, we all dream, and what we dream belongs to our past, the daily routine, and the future's expectations. Panmelys (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 263 Points Samkelo Dlamini (4/2/2015 2:28:00 AM)

    Well written, imaginative poem (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 62 Points Farnood Jahangiri (4/22/2015 12:45:00 PM)

    And very musical, indeed.

  • Rookie - 43 Points Baro Done (3/29/2015 3:10:00 PM)

    The reflection of the world into our eyes seem nothing but the real. As the poem progress the doubt arises whether it could all come clean with that exact clearence. The clarity of the final outlook leaves nothing but the susception of the mind's ability to percieve or link to what is to be percieved in the reasons' eye. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 31,859 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/12/2015 3:03:00 AM)

    A dream within a dream.... a very good poem of the great poet and likes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maddie O'malley (2/12/2015 6:51:00 PM)

    LOVE IT XXXX (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014


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