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

  • Josey Alfred Josey Alfred (7/18/2016 12:07:00 AM)

    As life goes on we miss so many things from our reach, like the golden sand through the fingers. (Report) Reply

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  • Cris Ben Cris Ben (7/15/2016 10:42:00 AM)

    i think edgar allan poe, as an intelligent person he was, knew that everything in life, tangible or not, is not here to stay. it is destiny and things happen higher reasons of a supreme being. however, once you lose the ones so precious to you, you begin to doubt and question your faith and all the things you believe in. (Report) Reply

  • Debdeep Mandal Debdeep Mandal (7/13/2016 10:49:00 PM)

    Beautiful thoughts...! ! !
    Heartbreaking expressions..! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Aremo Abiodun Best Aremo Abiodun Best (7/11/2016 3:08:00 AM)

    aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssooooooooooooome (Report) Reply

  • Tilly Boesche-zacharow Tilly Boesche-zacharow (7/6/2016 2:41:00 PM)

    We are dreaming, we are a dream of the Great Creator- I also think it, ´Tilly Boesche.Zacharow (Report) Reply

  • Dr. Yogesh Sharma Dr. Yogesh Sharma (6/7/2016 3:03:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem...World is very beautifdul for those who have beautiful dreams. (Report) Reply

  • Khaled Ehtesham Khaled Ehtesham (5/27/2016 11:52:00 PM)

    nice poem.... have a deep feeling (Report) Reply

  • Kwizeera Ezekiel Kwizeera Ezekiel (5/15/2016 3:25:00 AM)

    wow thats it..! (Report) Reply

  • Dat Boi Dat Boi (5/4/2016 8:02:00 PM)

    inspiration for inception? ? ? ? (Report) (Report) (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Martin (4/27/2016 5:25:00 PM)

    Life is a dream within a dream.... Captured so well (Report) Reply

  • Gracey Timmons (4/26/2016 8:59:00 PM)

    I LOVE this! Haven't read something as captivating as this. By far, one of my favourite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Vivek Kumar Vivek Kumar (4/25/2016 10:02:00 PM)

    very very very very lovely poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Case Thomas Case (4/3/2016 5:58:00 AM)

    beautiful poem, one of Poe's best. (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa Akachukwu Lekwauwa (3/29/2016 1:00:00 PM)

    the second stanza suggests 'great dreams of great dreamers are never achieved, they're transcended'...he manages to hold the golden sand, which is desired, but only very few, and still they creep from his fingers and back into dream which he found very frustrating...o God can I not grasp them without tighter clasp? dream within a dream..one of the greatest (Report) Reply

  • Dddd Ssss (3/24/2016 10:01:00 AM)

    inspiration for inception? ? ? ? (Report) (Report) Reply

  • Mary Davies (3/9/2016 6:40:00 PM)

    The epistemology of idealism has never been more beautifully expressed. (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (2/26/2016 11:39:00 PM)

    This one is a beautiful one for reciting. I have performed this many times. (Report) Reply

  • Oliver Cooper (2/25/2016 5:31:00 AM)

    inspiration for inception? ? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • Angela Jensen (2/19/2016 12:20:00 PM)

    A deep poem full of love and despair Poe was a gifted writer for dark and somber writing (Report) Reply

  • 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. Already Reported Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014


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