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

  • Petals Azureblue (8/11/2018 8:17:00 PM)

    When the dark suffocates the light and the weeping won't stop... (Report) Reply

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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

  • (7/4/2018 5:43:00 PM)

    I feel he just expressed the elusive nature of life. One minute you think you have it all and another minute you have nothing. I feel it further shows the only moment you're sure about is the present. (Report) Reply

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  • Mandy Williams (6/27/2018 4:10:00 PM)

    this is my ultimate favorite! (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (6/19/2018 4:13:00 PM)

    Wow! This poem is amazing... I can read it read it for many times, still it remains amazing (Report) Reply

  • Chinonye Anyichie (6/6/2018 5:11:00 PM)

    The poem is all about the uncertainty of human existence. Not sure we are really living or experiencing this life dreamily. Life is like the golden sand the poet personae grasps so protectively but the torrents of the world (surf-tormented shore) , saps it away stealthily, much as we try, we cannot hold on to life (the sand) forever. We pray fervently to God to make our lives longer but what if everything we are or seem to be is all a dream? . Great piece by Edgar. (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2018 12:30:00 PM)

    One of my favorites by Poe. Such is life. And we dream on and on. (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2018 2:44:00 PM)

    I am the best poet ever. (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (5/29/2018 4:31:00 AM)

    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?
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/27/2018 12:51:00 PM)

    A dreamy poem, alluring... ♥♥ (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2018 9:38:00 PM)

    Very nice this poem 😃😃👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (5/12/2018 7:25:00 PM)

    L hope you like this (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2018 6:35:00 AM)

    the question is who is the dreamer? (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (4/23/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    can't type fast enough before site flips to another poem- I give up (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2018 8:09:00 AM)

    Anyone wanna squad up in Fortnite, just got John Wick skin, Hit me up xX_SlapTheDog420_Xx (Report) Reply

    (6/21/2018 12:40:00 AM)

    ill in you

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/16/2018 11:47:00 AM)

    This kiss upon the brow! !

    Thanks for your comment on my poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/16/2018 9:08:00 AM)

    One of my favorite poem. A universal experience expressed so well. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (4/16/2018 7:45:00 AM)

    Loved the way the poet has put forward his view. Great imagery cloyed with astute philosophy. Thanks for sharing. (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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