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A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
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  • Mercury Blue (3/27/2008 6:04:00 PM)

    I came across this poem in the movie 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'by Peter Weir. The movie is very atmospheric and contemplative and has a wonderful musical score. The movie starts off by the 'dream within a dream line' voiced by a young woman in Victorian times in Australia.

    The poem, for me, has spiritual undertones. It is a journey towards the realization of life being ephemeral and fleeting. But this angst should eventually lead the poet to the realization of something that changes not, in the midst of all these changes. And then he would realize that all that he sees and seems was but a dream.

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  • Coll B. Lue (3/9/2008 6:27:00 AM)

    A nice reflection, very philosophical in approach as the words seem to gently express the dreams within.

  • Chaotic Life - Curly M. (1/12/2008 11:38:00 AM)

    I love the poem, its almost like my poem I wrote a few days ago

  • Zbrodjzz Zbrodjzz (1/7/2008 7:26:00 PM)

    Excellent poem. In 1985, the musicians of Propaganda chose this magnificent poem.

  • Gregory Collins (1/3/2008 8:20:00 AM)

    he suffered in secret orchids, and was probally made into a batch of rotgut whiskey!

  • Suicide King (12/7/2007 4:13:00 AM)

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE POEM happy to see iit in the top 20 at least

  • Almira Bausley (10/31/2007 12:08:00 PM)

    I really like this poem it reminds me of life no matter how tight you try to hold on to it, it will eventually one day end and your body back to the dust.

  • Cliff Usher (10/12/2007 3:45:00 PM)

    Yeah, I love this poem. I actually wrote a song about / inspired by it, aptly titled 'dream within a dream.' If you're interested you can check it out on my myspace page: http: //

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (9/19/2007 11:41:00 PM)

    To clearly understand Poe, one must throw out the notion that erudite vernacular [as so many of our classic and modern day poets employ for the WOW, effect], is not a requirement in architecting a well crafted poem...Poe was a genius...certified...yet (i.m.o.) he rarely implemented this advantage, in his poems.He did dig deep into his vast library of grey matter in scribing his short stories of macabre & mystery...And his obsessive compulsion for bizzare scenario and underlying Reader teasers did at times create complexities for the Reader in following Poe's multi-avenue ventures.I write today compliments of Edgar Allan Poe's impact on me...
    And i consider his work to be arguably the very best that Literary history has to offer us.


  • Tatianna Rei Moonshadow (9/18/2007 7:37:00 AM)

    It is indeed a matter of taste michael. All poetry is. Not everyone likes every great poet. I myself love Poe and I am familiar with his work, this being a favorite of mine.

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