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

  • (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

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  • (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)

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    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.
    (Report) Reply

  • Viona Sadeghi (9/9/2016 12:02:00 AM)


    outstanding and impressive. graet poem (Report) Reply

  • (8/9/2016 3:30:00 AM)


    I have seen the days leave me as fast as they came, my heart has left me in shame. A love that I wanted to see, The love would not be. How can I save myself from this tormented heart? My body has fallen apart. I lie in bed, wishing I could sleep forever. My heart feels dead. Let me dream. Let me dream. This world is not what it seems. I am trapped with in the nightmares and dreams. Free me now from this life of horror. There is within my mind, The days of old, I wish I could rewind. This life we see, Is only an endless dream. I have seen the days leave me as fast as they came. I can not awaken from this endless dream. This world is not what it seems. (Report) Reply

  • Rgarwal Rahul (7/26/2016 9:30:00 PM)


    well expression.....it is too hard to cat ch a thing we hanker or Intend........though we have to be positive....a good o ne. (Report) Reply

  • Golden Nkemdirim (7/26/2016 4:45:00 AM)


    outstanding and deep (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014


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