Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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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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Topic of this poem: dream

# 11 poem on top 500 Poems

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  • Rookie 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? ? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Trevor Albertson (11/10/2006 10:05:00 AM)

    I agree to a degree with Brian. The sand is time, and we are doomed to death regardless of our attempts to thwart it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yumi Erulasse (11/1/2006 5:48:00 PM)

    This goes to show how little things like nails and hair are in life...we are the sand and god is the only one with the strength to keep us from a pitless hell. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (7/18/2006 10:25:00 AM)

    Life is like a dream, watching things happen before our eyes but unable to change the true course of nature. The tighter we clasp grains of sand in our hand the more we lose. No matter how hard we try, we have no control over the forces of nature (life and death) . To Poe, we have no real power, we simply exist until the dream is over. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ruby Root (7/10/2006 8:45:00 PM)

    I have heard about this poet but actually have never read his work. He is very interesting. Someone mentioned him on this site. I think he was a great poet for his time to be writing something so different. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michele Cameron Drew (2/6/2006 5:14:00 AM)

    And to the lovely sweet Lenore, quoth the raven, nevermore.

    It was truly a pleasure to read this one tonight. My great inspiration as a young adult was this man. Although my style is quite different, my reading style is a complete contrast to my works and is right in line with Poe's usual haunting and daunting. Thanks to whomever posted. -MCD

    *makes a mental note to dust off some old volumes* (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samantha lynn (11/1/2005 12:01:00 PM)

    ok what can i say your my favorite poet he is favorite great great great great cusin and i cant waite till i grow up because i want to be a poet just like him. and i love the poems thank you for writeing poems. it inspires me to wanna write poems (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gerry Walsh (9/18/2005 10:20:00 PM)

    I came to these lines thinking about Bret Easton Ellis's new novel, Lunar Park.

    It explains his book quite well. There's the loss of a son as the painful center of this story. There's also a lot of remembrance of the author's (Ellis's) father separated from the family by a divorce. Poe lost his parents very young. Existentialism becomes less of a tired old word and somewhat more palpable in this poem and in through the eyes of this well read novelist. Burrrrrrhhhh. Time for a glass of red. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stan Gilbert (6/1/2005 10:38:00 PM)

    I think Rebecca is missing it.

    While I agree that one should cherish every moment, love fully and remember that life is indeed fleeting ('Vapor of vapors, all is a vapor' as Ecclesiastes reads in Hebrew) , I do not think that is the moral of Poe's poem.

    I think 'Dream Within a Dream' is a deeply sad and tragic poem that causes me to hurt for the writer. I think that it expresses more than just the loss or grief that we all must experience, but rather an unfathomable grief over a deeper eternal loss. An existential pain in a profoundly empty universe.

    He fears life is no more substantial than a dream and as impossible to return to. Not a grain of it can he keep from slipping away into the dark abyss.

    I think of his poem, 'The Raven, ' where he asks - in effect - if his soul will ever find relief from the great losses of his life. And the raven always replies, 'NEVERMORE! '.

    I don't believe that to be true. I believe we will someday be reunited with those we have long ago loved. I believe there is a place of no regrets. I believe there is a place, as author Frederick Buechner puts it, where all that is lost will be found.

    At the end of our lives, I believe that will be the deepest yearning of all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rebecca Elkins (3/6/2005 8:59:00 PM)

    I believe that this poem's meaning or moral is that you should take time with you loved one's because once they are gone you can't go back and then you will regret all the times you didn't spend with them. Please email me to state you opinion ASAP my email address is cheergurly365@aol.com in the subject write Edgar Allan Poe. Thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Heather Devlin (1/1/2005 11:30:00 PM)

    this is my all time favorite poem, it is the poem that inspired me to start writing for myself. (Report) Reply

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