Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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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  • Rookie Siamoon Shah (9/21/2013 10:48:00 PM)

    Fab...i'm a fan of the last 2 lines...a tale which reflects man's helplessness and mortality. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Zeng Han Jun (9/21/2013 11:14:00 AM)

    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?

    I love these phrases and how they call out to me. The things/ people that I hold so dear, will eventually pass away just like how the sand passes through his hands. If only I can hold them tight to me forever, but I myself will also come to pass. All will be gone as time passes, and it will be just like a dream within a dream. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Agbamoro Blessing (9/20/2013 8:17:00 AM)

    a dream within a dream.-love dat part (Report) Reply

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    the last two lines are stunning! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Haley Smutzer (6/12/2013 1:27:00 PM)

    I love this. It is the type of poem that sends shivers down my spine and then lingers there throughout the day. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mohammad Tabatabaei (6/10/2013 3:23:00 AM)

    beautiful, intoxicating indeed (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Jasmin Read (5/29/2013 8:56:00 AM)

    I LOVE this poem! ! Last 2 lines are my favourite xx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rokie Nokishi (5/26/2013 11:38:00 PM)

    Brilliant. I've always loved the way this man portrayed his turmoiled thoughts within his poetry. I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Corey Day (5/14/2013 7:21:00 AM)

    This poem is kind of confusing at first, but it is also very deep. I love how it really makes you think about its meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Olaf Vanhoochie (5/8/2013 11:09:00 AM)

    ello mate the yowie got me (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (5/1/2013 10:46:00 AM)

    Poe was not just a master of the macabre, but this expression of existential angst made him an artist ahead of his times. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie West Phalen (3/26/2013 7:39:00 PM)

    Another amazing poetic way of referring to the concept of a dream within a dream:

    Sueña Alonso Quijano

    El hombre se despierta de un incierto
    sueño de alfanjes y de campo llano
    y se toca la barba con la mano
    y se pregunta si está herido o muerto.
    ¿No lo perseguirán los hechiceros
    que han jurado su mal bajo la luna?
    Nada. Apenas el frío. Apenas una
    dolencia de sus años postrimeros.
    El hidalgo fue un sueño de Cervantes
    y don Quijote un sueño del hidalgo.
    El doble sueño se confunde y algo
    está pasando que pasó mucho antes.
    Quijano duerme y sueña. Una batalla:
    los mares de Lepanto y la metralla.

    Jorge Luis Borges (La rosa profunda) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie West Phalen (3/26/2013 7:01:00 PM)

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Pompas del mármol, negra anatomía
    que ultrajan los gusanos sepulcrales,
    del triunfo de la muerte los glaciales
    símbolos congregó. No los temía.

    Temía la sombra, la amorosa,
    las comunes venturas de la gente;
    no lo cegó el metal resplandeciente
    ni el mármol sepulcral sino la rosa.

    Como del otro lado del espejo
    se entregó solitario a su complejo
    destino de inventor de pesadillas.

    Quizá, del otro lado de la muerte,
    siga erigiendo solitario y fuerte
    espléndidas y atroces maravillas.

    Jorge Luis Borges (El otro, el mismo) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samuel Ellis (2/10/2013 4:12:00 PM)

    One of my favourite poems, inspiring and interesting! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hesham Zayet (1/30/2013 1:20:00 AM)

    i made some music to that very deep poem cos it touched me deep within... anybody wanna hear it and tell me what they think? my e-mail is (heshz@yahoo.com) if anybody wanna interact (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hesham Zayet (1/30/2013 1:16:00 AM)

    i made some music to that very deep poem cos it touched me deep within... anybody wanna hear it and tell me what they think? my e-mail is (heshz@yahoo.com) if anybody wanna interact (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Meli D. (1/26/2013 8:48:00 PM)

    He can't stop time (the sands of the ocean are the sands of time, in a way that time itself is like the ocean - eternal) . The beginning is the ending of a moment (he kisses someone on the brow, perhaps his lover) , a moment he can't take back. It's both sad and true, though, but it's eloquently worded with metaphors rather than similes. There is also a refrain (Is all we see or seem / but a dream within a dream?) that is a statement at first and a question in the end. Reality has its moments where it is but a dream, but perhaps life is a dream, too (a collection of moments / dreams) .

    Life is only temporary. (Report) Reply



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