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

  • (7/29/2007 8:04:00 AM)

    It's clear to me. As in so many other things, after 'The Secret' I see it everywhere, especially in the old great artists. The idea that all is a hologram has obviously been around for eons. It's the primary idea in the Bible in fact.

    So about this poem in particular? He's grieving over his realisation that not even one grain of sand is real. Thinking of your favorite story, maybe it's Macbeth or thinking of your favorite song, they are non-existent. Pizza is non-existent. The Sierras are non-existent. The blue sky is an illusion. Is this something worth grieving over? I think yes, or at least it is in a mind not yet fully released from the illusion.

    I'm not saying I buy The Secret. I'm saying Poe has or is contemplating buying into it and is grieving over the lose of the illusion.

    The Secret is everywhere folks. It's in Shakepeare. It's in the movie A Space Odessey and The Tempest. It's Jesus primary idea. It's the Freemasons thing. It's everywhere. Read The Bible again, only this time with The Secret on your mind, you'll see I'm right and you'll be as shocked as I am.

    I used to think Poe dwelled on some kind of morbid death fixation, but now I know it's The Secret ect.
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  • (5/9/2007 11:51:00 PM)

    not at all i truly think its a great poem and i thought it was so great i memorized for my poetry presentation on poe (Report) Reply

  • (5/1/2007 3:13:00 PM)

    I agree with Shawn, Sean or whatever his name is (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2007 9:42:00 PM)

    Okay people. I mean, this is good, but I don't think it's a nine out of ten. Call me negative if you like, but if this had been written by one of the average joes on this site we would have thought it plesant, but nothing amazing - please tell me I am not alone in thinking this. The idea of a dream within a dream is interesting, and the rhythm is mostly okay bit it does falter. Overall I think it is a six, and I am dumbfounded that it is number fifteen on this website. Far be it from me to disrespect Poe - his influence has been massive, and 'The Raven' is in my top ten poems ever, but come on now, is this poem really that great? Aren't we all just in awe because it is written by a man who is famous for other works? ? (Report) Reply

  • (2/7/2007 11:17:00 AM)

    A dream within a dream...full of evanescent images and shadows and visions and it is something like a gret rythm here, the same as The Raven, the repetition give power to words and it sound great.Great idea to try a Gothic song using this one(one of his best ones I think) and advicing young people about this. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2006 10:05:00 AM)

    I agree to a degree with Brian. The sand is time, and we are doomed to death regardless of our attempts to thwart it. (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2006 5:48:00 PM)

    This goes to show how little things like nails and hair are in life...we are the sand and god is the only one with the strength to keep us from a pitless hell. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/18/2006 10:25:00 AM)

    Life is like a dream, watching things happen before our eyes but unable to change the true course of nature. The tighter we clasp grains of sand in our hand the more we lose. No matter how hard we try, we have no control over the forces of nature (life and death) . To Poe, we have no real power, we simply exist until the dream is over. (Report) Reply

  • (7/10/2006 8:45:00 PM)

    I have heard about this poet but actually have never read his work. He is very interesting. Someone mentioned him on this site. I think he was a great poet for his time to be writing something so different. (Report) Reply

  • (6/29/2006 2:10:00 PM)

    The poem, and not the peom-Speaks for itself. (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2006 11:06:00 AM)

    The title speaks for it's self. (Report) Reply

  • (4/26/2006 10:08:00 PM)

    This poem is so relatable. Poe is amazing! This is my favorite of Poe's. (Report) Reply

  • (3/17/2006 11:22:00 PM)

    I can never get enough of Mr. Poe. *Sigh*. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2006 5:14:00 AM)

    And to the lovely sweet Lenore, quoth the raven, nevermore.

    It was truly a pleasure to read this one tonight. My great inspiration as a young adult was this man. Although my style is quite different, my reading style is a complete contrast to my works and is right in line with Poe's usual haunting and daunting. Thanks to whomever posted. -MCD

    *makes a mental note to dust off some old volumes*
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  • (11/12/2005 2:02:00 PM)

    Stunning. Stunning. No comment can follow that. (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2005 12:01:00 PM)

    ok what can i say your my favorite poet he is favorite great great great great cusin and i cant waite till i grow up because i want to be a poet just like him. and i love the poems thank you for writeing poems. it inspires me to wanna write poems (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2005 10:20:00 PM)

    I came to these lines thinking about Bret Easton Ellis's new novel, Lunar Park.

    It explains his book quite well. There's the loss of a son as the painful center of this story. There's also a lot of remembrance of the author's (Ellis's) father separated from the family by a divorce. Poe lost his parents very young. Existentialism becomes less of a tired old word and somewhat more palpable in this poem and in through the eyes of this well read novelist. Burrrrrrhhhh. Time for a glass of red.
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  • (7/28/2005 3:44:00 PM)

    Good point, ........................................... (Report) Reply

  • (6/1/2005 10:38:00 PM)

    I think Rebecca is missing it.

    While I agree that one should cherish every moment, love fully and remember that life is indeed fleeting ('Vapor of vapors, all is a vapor' as Ecclesiastes reads in Hebrew) , I do not think that is the moral of Poe's poem.

    I think 'Dream Within a Dream' is a deeply sad and tragic poem that causes me to hurt for the writer. I think that it expresses more than just the loss or grief that we all must experience, but rather an unfathomable grief over a deeper eternal loss. An existential pain in a profoundly empty universe.

    He fears life is no more substantial than a dream and as impossible to return to. Not a grain of it can he keep from slipping away into the dark abyss.

    I think of his poem, 'The Raven, ' where he asks - in effect - if his soul will ever find relief from the great losses of his life. And the raven always replies, 'NEVERMORE! '.

    I don't believe that to be true. I believe we will someday be reunited with those we have long ago loved. I believe there is a place of no regrets. I believe there is a place, as author Frederick Buechner puts it, where all that is lost will be found.

    At the end of our lives, I believe that will be the deepest yearning of all.
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  • (3/6/2005 8:59:00 PM)

    I believe that this poem's meaning or moral is that you should take time with you loved one's because once they are gone you can't go back and then you will regret all the times you didn't spend with them. Please email me to state you opinion ASAP my email address is cheergurly365@aol.com in the subject write Edgar Allan Poe. Thank you! (Report) Reply

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