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

  • Stephen Loomes Stephen Loomes (1/19/2016 8:15:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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  • Onuora Ilodibe (1/15/2016 2:04:00 AM)

    dream within a dream... Such I have, not on my sleep but a walking reality that pricks from within. To surge and seize (Report) Reply

  • Stacey Jayne Drosdeck (1/14/2016 9:37:00 AM)

    💙 (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/12/2016 6:20:00 PM)

    ..........one of the best poems ever written....so poetic and one of my favorites ★ (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (1/12/2016 3:43:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua Ernest Makuakua (1/12/2016 4:39:00 AM)

    beautifully written piece (Report) Reply

  • Brenna Franklin (1/11/2016 3:21:00 PM)

    From what i understand his dream is about losing someone in a dream. A dream within a dream so to speak. Lovely poem, kind of creepy when you read deeper in though. (Report) Reply

  • Ahmad Husain Ahmad Husain (1/10/2016 11:53:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Aileen Figueroa Aileen Figueroa (1/7/2016 12:15:00 PM)

    very nice read. I understand it now; (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle Alisha Castle (1/6/2016 1:48:00 AM)

    nice sharing................ (Report) Reply

  • Jay Sri (1/3/2016 10:47:00 AM)

    All is but MAYA or illusion, we are all living a dream within a dream. (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (1/25/2016 12:27:00 AM)

    Well that is a very unique perspective. Thank you.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/31/2015 6:59:00 AM)

    With vision and love. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • David Cole David Cole (12/22/2015 4:30:00 PM)

    Wow! E. A. Poe is a true master of sound and sense. This surreal poem about dreams makes the sounds that makes sense. Bravo! Thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Nigel Norton Nigel Norton (12/15/2015 2:58:00 AM)

    Didn't understand this one at school but age has brought it in to light for me (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos Alem Hailu G/kristos (12/9/2015 3:21:00 AM)

    We are destined to die, to let go everything, though we think we have clasped fortune, time and opportunity everything is destined to slip away.Nicely penned. (Report) Reply

  • Thakker Bhupen Thakker Bhupen (12/7/2015 3:38:00 PM)

    exquisite...a white poem...about whiteness which could be serenity, sleep, rest, repose (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (12/7/2015 3:29:00 PM)

    fantastic read............ (Report) Reply

  • Mariyam Reyshma Mariyam Reyshma (12/7/2015 3:02:00 AM)

    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
    I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Shahin Latif Shahin Latif (12/3/2015 3:19:00 PM)

    Excellent poem. I love this poet. (Report) Reply

  • Pamela M (11/22/2015 3:34:00 AM)

    Hey I'm 10. I just read this poem and don't understand it. Can somebody please explain it to me? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014


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