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

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/24/2017 2:01:00 PM)

    A nice question asked...
    Is all that we see or seem
    But a dream within a dream?

    Thanks poet for the nice poem shared.
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  • (8/17/2017 1:57:00 PM)

    I like how he compares the sand so small falling into the Waters where it will be forever lost. Like us in this world, how we are here but a moment. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Hopkins (6/29/2017 7:52:00 AM)

    One of the States great and illuminated writers. A mystic and lover of both the Earth and his fellow men & women. One of my favorite poets. (Report) Reply

  • Bigyan Mainali (6/26/2017 7:55:00 AM)

    One of my best poem from now (Report) Reply

  • M Sagnik Das (5/24/2017 10:56:00 AM)

    Amazingly Beautiful! ❤ (Report) Reply

  • Cheryl Tutaan (5/15/2017 12:28:00 PM)

    All that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream...

    Amazingly Beautiful! ❤
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  • (5/14/2017 2:51:00 PM)

    I think the poem is dense and beautiful. It raises a question that has never been answered. Artistic writeup (Report) Reply

  • Tony Hoss (5/7/2017 6:08:00 AM)

    one of my favs i read this and try to find his process of thinking, just one of those inspired moments (Report) Reply

  • Shimizu Mizuhala (4/26/2017 9:46:00 PM)

    Sometimes, we live in the dream and we don't aware. (Report) Reply

  • Youmpkang Bapkek  Bright S (4/10/2017 12:54:00 PM)

    life is full of dreams that the attaining is for the bearer (Report) Reply

  • Jen Van Houten (4/5/2017 11:57:00 AM)

    Such a lovely poem [3 (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2017 4:10:00 AM)

    All that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream.

    beautifully crafted poem...similar to Ecclesiastes, vanity on vanity...
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  • Paul Amrod (3/30/2017 6:33:00 PM)

    A brilliant play with words and a strange dimension of a dream within a dream which everyone can comprehend.
    The irony of the last verse is superb.
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  • Ayan Ali Dar (3/22/2017 3:58:00 PM)

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  • Alwi Shatry (3/10/2017 8:31:00 AM)

    On first reading, this poem immediately reminded me of the quest for truth and making sense of reality in a world where much of the knowledge of our surroundings near and remote is shaped by mega information/news peddlers. It has become less challenging now to see how so many of them have some agenda or other to promote, behind the veneer of journalism and/or reporting. In the process, we are left in states of suspended intellectual animation where uncertainties reign. We are faced with layers of realities to sift through to make sense of our world. No wonder so many take refuge in entertainment, sport and mindless games - - perhaps a necessary escape from this fabricated lunacy. Poe's poem would seem prophetic when read in that context. (Report) Reply

  • Nick Kler (3/3/2017 10:59:00 PM)

    What a paradox...Great! (Report) Reply

  • (2/27/2017 11:09:00 PM)

    I remember the young adult Lucy Pevensy quoting...a dream within a dream... when she and her siblings again found the lamppost in the film The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It gave me a start, and I wondered, was that an intentional reference made by the screenwriters? Or an artistic accident? Regardless, the phrase sticks in my mind, and I think of it often. I suppose Dumbledore has the answer to that profound question, Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream? When Harry Potter asks him of his after-death experience, Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head? Dumbledore replies, Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? ” (Report) Reply

  • (1/30/2017 1:38:00 PM)

    Edgar Allen Poe always leaves me speechless but I must admit that I am rather biased when it comes to my all time favorite poet Shakespeare because there is a place in this little heart of mine just for poetry . (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2017 12:57:00 PM)

    Beautiful expression of value of time (Report) Reply

  • (1/6/2017 3:23:00 AM)

    thoughtful poem
    What a good thoughtful poem! Very good to read. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014

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