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 - 33 Points Alyssa Rose (1/6/2013 12:06:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite poets. He inspired me to begin writing poems. This is one of my favorite poems by him. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aritra Chatterjee (1/4/2013 11:54:00 AM)

    @tiju martin...hi! i cannot ensure the authenticity of the explanation, but still i am going for it...hopefully it'll help you as much as it would to me.
    the preceding lines talk about the situation being a smaller dream in the huge canvas of life which itself is a dream. so in your extracted portion, the poet inquires, if the hope is lost or dismantled then is it gone forever...in other words, if the mere loss of a hope would leave us hopeless forever. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Alex Roth (1/3/2013 9:38:00 AM)

    Mr. Martin, hope flying away describes the poet's dreams of peace and happiness decreasing with each passing day because he can't travel back in time. Also, this quatrain describes to the reader how memories fade from the mind. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tiju Martin (1/3/2013 6:21:00 AM)

    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?

    can any help me in understanding the above? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shiela Marie Anunciacion (11/17/2012 4:40:00 AM)

    One of my favorite author. I always use his works for declamations and such!

    What I saw in this poem is how hurt the guy to be parted from the one he loved. His sorrow that whatever they have has now come to an end, and even if he tries to catch and keep even the smallest fragment of memory about their time together... it's as if it slowly is fading and reality is invading... that maybe, whatever they have are just but lies... (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,083 Points Rajnish Manga (10/20/2012 12:06:00 PM)

    EAP is a great poet who has so deftly describes the helplessness of an ordinary mortal by showing the sands slipping out of his hands. Landscape and portrait drawn through very potent words are lively and breathing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Thoughts Of A Poet (10/19/2012 1:51:00 PM)

    when i read that poem i saw his pain, as he wrote out those words, i felt the agony of every-thing that he ever felt in his life coming out of this poem, and the sorrow that he had in his soul you can feel it as he wrote this poem out of hate and lust for the life that he lived out each-and every-day of his life that he lived, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 47 Points John S (9/22/2012 4:34:00 PM)

    To me the poem represents the transitory, ephemeral nature of time and our existence. When we meet a lover it's is like we pick up a handful of sand and as the years go by the sand slowly creeps through our fingers. No matter how hard or how desperately you try, you cannot stop the cascading sand, until you and your lover split and the last grain of sand has fallen. Then all you have left is a memory. And when you and your ex-lover pass on that memory is lost in time: like a dream within a dream. The second half seems to be about our own mortality and the nature of our existence. Once the last grain of sand has fallen into the pitiless wave, you're gone forever.200 years into the future no one will remember you. Your life, your hopes and dreams, your accomplishments and triumphs, will be lost in time like a dream within a dream. (Report) Reply

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