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

  • Ayan Ali Dar (3/22/2017 3:58:00 PM)


    well very much liked (Report) Reply

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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)

    Awesome
    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

  • Baharak Barzin (12/26/2016 10:02:00 AM)


    I ALWAYS ADORE HIS PASSION (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/23/2016 10:04:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a good question no one can truly be sure? (Report) Reply

  • P. Mason (12/12/2016 1:37:00 PM)

    Love lost?
    An intriguing and curious piece. I get the sense he's taking about a lost love. I'm wondering if that is why he lived alone in the woods? That's why I'm in the woods...😁 (Report) Reply

  • (11/28/2016 4:16:00 PM)


    I love this poem. Poe had a beautiful mind full of torment and darkness yet so exquisite (Report) Reply

  • (11/25/2016 11:17:00 PM)


    ⊙ω⊙ (Report) Reply

  • (11/25/2016 11:16:00 PM)


    i love it (Report) Reply

  • (11/25/2016 11:14:00 PM)


    As a Chinese girl, I love this poem very much.(≧▽≦) can someone give me some deeper idea about several stanzas in this poem? i wanna use it to do my homework(゚Д゚)ノ thank u very very much (Report) Reply

  • Cristina Alejandra Estrella (11/11/2016 2:51:00 PM)

    reality or fantasy? ? ?
    An invitation to enjoy the moment that life gives us...watching the important things in life slip away (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2016 4:48:00 AM)


    very captivating reading this poem (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (10/27/2016 4:37:00 AM)

    A Dream Within A Dream
    Indeed life is but a dream though we dream of so many desires and wishes to get fulfilled-10 (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (9/26/2016 3:53:00 PM)


    Poe is the master poet- -he revels in words and their textures and their sounds and their rhythm and how they rhyme and the beauty of repetition and the depths emotions can reach (Report) Reply

  • (9/23/2016 12:07:00 AM)


    Sometimes I catch myself in that situation...feeling hopeless (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/11/2016 3:54:00 AM)


    Is all that we see or seem
    But a dream within a dream?
    Life is indeed a dream within a dream.
    Thanks great poet.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014


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