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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Naseeru Taneemu Annuree (7/26/2012 7:35:00 AM)

    Love it! ! It is amazing the poet's constantly in unintentional love with the negative part of life. I shall re-read rhe poem now! (Report) Reply

  • Kat Kat (7/22/2012 4:39:00 AM)

    Life is  vague,  like a mist..our existence is fleeting. Whether brief or longlived, nevertheless, it remains to be just a few grains of the golden sand, everyday slipping through our grasp..before we know it..it is almost/ or is over..and all our pertinent and pressing important achivements, hopes and dreams and aspirations (whether you are a great person, politician, a movie star or a nobody) during our lifetime is now nothing more than a memory, a myth or legend, like a dream with a dream, soon it is pffft finito, gone done, forgotten. (Report) Reply

  • Mia E (7/11/2012 9:50:00 AM)

    I think Poe spoke of his inability to stop his constant losses, the many losses he endured.


    ...Through my fingers to the deep,
    While I weep- while I weep!
    O God! can I not grasp
    Them with a tighter clasp?
    O God! can I not save
    One from the pitiless wave? ... (Report) Reply

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