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?

Topic(s) of this poem: dream


Comments about A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

  • (5/25/2019 8:36:00 AM)

    We have all experienced them but how to document it grahically? (Report)Reply

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  • Louemile Rosch Mangulabnan (5/7/2019 3:40:00 AM)

    That is some inception statement right there (Report)Reply

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  • (4/29/2019 5:29:00 AM)

    A dream is a wonderful experience when we are not in our active consciousness. great poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/16/2019 10:54:00 AM)

    Imagine waking up, but in a dream, then wake up again in another dream and another dream within a dream within the other dream in an infinite dream cycle that you may never know when you truly wake up. What if were all in a dream right now? (Report)Reply

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  • (4/10/2019 1:45:00 PM)

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  • Castellenas John (3/19/2019 5:28:00 AM)

    One of the greatest poem. A honor to read. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/4/2019 4:54:00 PM)

    The overall meaning of the poem is loss. How he lost his family, his friends, and all hope.

    NEVER lose hope if you have find it, promise me to never loose hope please.

    have a good day/night/week/month/year just NEVER lose hope ever.
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  • (2/21/2019 8:55:00 PM)

    I have written a book with this title, not because I knew of it, but it was a verse that was in the back of my mind. And so I now know where it came from! (Report)Reply

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  • (1/10/2019 10:57:00 AM)

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  • (1/9/2019 3:48:00 PM)

    I love it sooooooooooooooooo muuuuuuucccccccchhhhhhhhh! It’s so inspiring❤️❤️😇🤗 (Report)Reply

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  • (1/3/2019 8:45:00 PM)

    Mesmerizing poem! .Captivating! Will read this again and again. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/13/2018 1:38:00 AM)

    A dream within a dream..all is dream..a moment gone it becomes dream...very good poem (Report)Reply

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  • (11/16/2018 3:35:00 PM)

    I like so much this poem (Report)Reply

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  • (11/7/2018 8:51:00 AM)

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  • Bhagabat Prasad Hotta (10/29/2018 10:03:00 AM)

    SO NICE POEM. DREAM DREAM DREAM DREAM AND DREAM DREAM................ (Report)Reply

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  • (10/25/2018 9:28:00 AM)

    – The browser game set in Antiquity (Report)Reply

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  • (9/28/2018 8:16:00 PM)

    The more I read his works I see, time is both our friend and enemy. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/11/2018 8:09:00 AM)

    l love this poems,my ambiotion is to become outhour n it seems my finding my way through dis people (Report)Reply

    (3/6/2019 6:06:00 PM)

    go with your dreams don't let these people discourage you

    (1/23/2019 11:58:00 AM)

    Do you even english bruh?

    (11/7/2018 8:57:00 AM)

    Learn how to spell first then become an author

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  • (8/24/2018 2:32:00 PM)

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  • Susan Williams (8/9/2018 4:18:00 PM)

    am seriously 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. (Report)Reply

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Read poems about / on: dream, kiss, hope, god, night



Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014


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