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-
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Topic(s) of this poem: dream


Comments about A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Juan Olivarez (5/1/2010 11:07:00 AM)

    a lot of people will never understand poe. that is a terrible thing. poe was tormented by numerous devils and his poems and stories were his escapism. poe actually wrote only 50 poems in his life, only 50. not volumes upon volumes. but every one was a work worthy of the effort of a genius. (Report) Reply

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  • Terence George Craddock (5/1/2010 9:17:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe dreamed great poetic dreams and spun them into poems which may intrigue or sadden us, some of these poems attain haunting resonance within the mind, his poems are dreams within the dream of life. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (5/1/2010 8:20:00 AM)

    As the sands washed away by sea waves dreams cannot be retained! Trying for the impossible things one's life will certainly become a big waste. Realisation comes late for many as has happened to Edgar Allan Poe indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw Kevin Straw (5/1/2010 7:39:00 AM)

    Pull yourself together Poe! Come of the funny stuff, and get a life. This weeping, maudlin, self-pity makes me sick. 'Is this a dream within a dream'? - no, it is not! (Report) Reply

  • Gone Away (5/1/2010 2:46:00 AM)

    This is sad and wonderful. I know people will take many meanings from this poem but for me it is about grief and the torments endured when those they love are taken from them. Then the realisation that everything you have will be taken from you including life itself and that you have no control over it or ultimately, anything. (Report) Reply

  • Mathias Österman (4/25/2010 5:37:00 PM)

    Was it not Philip K Dick that wrote:

    The phenomenal world does not exist; it is a hypostasis of the information processed by the Mind. (Report) Reply

  • Jazmine Thomas (4/7/2010 2:19:00 PM)

    In my mind this poem is poe capturing what most people feel, that life is but a speck within something bigger than this (Report) Reply

  • Ilya Kvartin (4/4/2010 3:24:00 PM)

    I think my interpretation of this poem can be compared to a modern day phrase. 'Life's a joke.' I think for Poe, who has suffered infinite pitfalls, he saw a lack of truth. Grains of truth that seemed so few and far inbetween. He took nothing at face value and kissed this goodbye. (Report) Reply

  • Sami Gjoka (3/15/2010 3:22:00 PM)

    This is a masterpiece- a great poet-only gives us great moments of enjoyment- not nessesarly a great philosophy- We, contrary to this sad moral teaching, that we can not save or change any one's destiny, can do so much with so litle afford to ease the pain of others- (Report) Reply

  • Ricardo Fuenmayor (1/4/2010 3:32:00 PM)

    Each moment of your life is a dream, dreamt by the 'other' you, the Observer. We 'think' we live this life, yet, for our souls it is just a dream. A dream within a dream. It is God dreaming a dream. One day, when you have crossed the tunnel and have disposed of all your heavy clothing (your body) , you will realize this Truth: each fleeting moment (the golden grains) cannot be recovered. Even if you wanted, you cannot save or preserve even a minute of your time. Once a minute is gone (can I not save one from the pitiless wave) it is not recoverable. Thus, Carpe diem. Live each minute, each second of your life, intensively, with all your heart and soul. Live each moment as if it were your last moment. The moment of Power is Now. Be happy. Live intensively. We all are ONE. Be at peace. (Report) Reply

  • Joyce Maddain (12/28/2009 4:15:00 PM)

    i believe he is maybe but just expressing his confusion and thought after maybe being told his ambitions are to high, like the sand in the second stansa he says, ' he weeps' for the sand as it flows into the sea and he is unable to stop it, but istn't that just a feeling of not being able to do enough, to enough people, as they fall to the wayside with no hope, and you are helplesss to help, all you can do is watch? (Report) Reply

  • William Achim (10/26/2009 7:33:00 PM)

    i guess the golden sand is describing poe's lost loves, (mother, foster mother, virginia) (Report) Reply

  • Heather Owens (10/4/2009 1:02:00 AM)

    After I read it, I wanted to cry. No matter how hard you try, you can not hold onto the sand. Reality just slips away, and you are left wondering if it was just a dream within a dream. (Report) Reply

  • Herman Chiu (8/28/2009 5:30:00 PM)

    This is a real masterpiece - one of Poe's very best. However, I would personally not be saddened at the loss of the sand. The second stanza has too strong a take for me. The first stanza is absolutely wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Joe Bagassed (7/29/2009 2:28:00 AM)

    what is it supposed to mean
    I need to do an analysis of it? (Report) Reply

  • Nikunj Sharma (7/16/2009 6:54:00 AM)

    master's piece...it is (Report) Reply

  • Dylan Oppedahl (7/7/2009 9:59:00 PM)

    the part about the sand is perfect. it shows you can never seem to save a single grain (Report) Reply

  • Adam Parker (6/19/2009 4:44:00 PM)

    I see it more of life as the dream he's describing. That life is like a dream in so many ways, that it can be seen, and experienced like one. (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Nolan (6/16/2009 1:03:00 PM)

    This is a true masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Tyler Sta (6/1/2009 2:58:00 PM)

    grammar & punctuation is not correct and 'the' is 'thy' form what I recall from 5th grade. I recited this in front of an audience of my classmates, it was a big hit! As an author, I keep myself busy attempting Poe's greatness in poetry. Of course, that's impossible to attain. (Report) Reply










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