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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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  • Michael Speakman (9/10/2007 5:58:00 AM)

    I never really see what the fuss is about with EAP.There are miles better poets! Still a matter of taste I suppose...Zicky

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  • David Brady (9/6/2007 3:00:00 AM)

    I have a tendancy to get something different from poems than most, so please forgive me if you dissagree, or if you don't like what I say. To me this poem is completely about the futility of all of our lifes actions. We place such importance on what we do and the events in our lives, when in reality they mean nothing. I see the message of this poem as very similar to Shakespere's 'life is but a walking shaddow' diatribe. 'You are not wrong, who deem
    That my days have been a dream; ' his days refer to his life and lifes actions, they are a dream is like saying that they don't matter. Dreams are gone as soon as you wake up, and they slip away fast. He tries to hold the grains of sand in his fingers, but they keep slipping away. The futile effort to do something more substancial than a dream.

    Thanks for listening, and please forgive any typos/missspellings :)

  • Blue angel Florida (8/16/2007 1:36:00 AM)

    A seeker 'A Dream Withing A Dream' just as described. Lovely Sound, great 'Edgar Allan Poe'.

  • Jacob Guess (8/3/2007 12:08:00 PM)

    well well well i dont care what any1 says if u look hard anuf you can see the point of this poem it not all about death well kind of but not really no matter how tight you hold something it can always slip dreams and most other things i'm been readin poe form the time i was 10 and there is no greater THERE IS NO SECRET YOU'R LOOKIN TO DEEP

  • Denise F. (7/30/2007 1:08:00 AM)

    Dream within a dream...i love edgar allan poe...he has been one of my top poets ever since i was in grade school..this is a lovely poem

  • Paul Rose (7/29/2007 8:04:00 AM)

    It's clear to me. As in so many other things, after 'The Secret' I see it everywhere, especially in the old great artists. The idea that all is a hologram has obviously been around for eons. It's the primary idea in the Bible in fact.

    So about this poem in particular? He's grieving over his realisation that not even one grain of sand is real. Thinking of your favorite story, maybe it's Macbeth or thinking of your favorite song, they are non-existent. Pizza is non-existent. The Sierras are non-existent. The blue sky is an illusion. Is this something worth grieving over? I think yes, or at least it is in a mind not yet fully released from the illusion.

    I'm not saying I buy The Secret. I'm saying Poe has or is contemplating buying into it and is grieving over the lose of the illusion.

    The Secret is everywhere folks. It's in Shakepeare. It's in the movie A Space Odessey and The Tempest. It's Jesus primary idea. It's the Freemasons thing. It's everywhere. Read The Bible again, only this time with The Secret on your mind, you'll see I'm right and you'll be as shocked as I am.

    I used to think Poe dwelled on some kind of morbid death fixation, but now I know it's The Secret ect.

  • Cory Williams (5/9/2007 11:51:00 PM)

    not at all i truly think its a great poem and i thought it was so great i memorized for my poetry presentation on poe

  • Jacob Carbajal (5/1/2007 3:13:00 PM)

    I agree with Shawn, Sean or whatever his name is

  • Sean Godley (4/16/2007 9:42:00 PM)

    Okay people. I mean, this is good, but I don't think it's a nine out of ten. Call me negative if you like, but if this had been written by one of the average joes on this site we would have thought it plesant, but nothing amazing - please tell me I am not alone in thinking this. The idea of a dream within a dream is interesting, and the rhythm is mostly okay bit it does falter. Overall I think it is a six, and I am dumbfounded that it is number fifteen on this website. Far be it from me to disrespect Poe - his influence has been massive, and 'The Raven' is in my top ten poems ever, but come on now, is this poem really that great? Aren't we all just in awe because it is written by a man who is famous for other works? ?

  • Cecilia Nicoletti (2/7/2007 11:17:00 AM)

    A dream within a dream...full of evanescent images and shadows and visions and it is something like a gret rythm here, the same as The Raven, the repetition give power to words and it sound great.Great idea to try a Gothic song using this one(one of his best ones I think) and advicing young people about this.

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