Who is kissed upon the brow, does that signify someone loved, and lost to illness or death? We know the receiver of the kiss deems the poet's life a dream; not a nightmare but something experienced by another asleep. However perceived, is the loss any less real? The poet replies with it all being a dream within a dream. In the last stanza, he confronts the force of nature but cannot retain what he seeks to keep, and then, he is not so sure, and asks, rather than states whether what we see and seem is a dream within a dream. His poetic voice is that of a mystic, and his versifying is traditional and tight. The sands of his words are at his command, not loosed from his grasp without his command, but his subject matter poses questions the answers to which he (and we) cannot understand.
I am always astounded by Poe- he uses repetition to draw us into his world- a world of gray fog and grief for losses and yet his is a world expressed so beautifully and so powerfully that to read his poetry and his short stories is to carry them with you for the rest of your life.
Very very nice poem! Totally heart touching! The poet has very well connected the reality with a dream. The reality is so harsh to suffer that the poem is dismissing it saying it is a dream, and what is happening in reality is a dream within a dream. Very beautiful! I loved it.