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A Dream Within A Dream - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
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?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
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?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?


Comments about A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Freshman - 685 Points Stephen Loomes (1/19/2016 8:15:00 PM)

    Who is kissed upon the brow, does that signify someone loved, and lost to illness or death? We know the receiver of the kiss deems the poet's life a dream; not a nightmare but something experienced by another asleep. However perceived, is the loss any less real? The poet replies with it all being a dream within a dream. In the last stanza, he confronts the force of nature but cannot retain what he seeks to keep, and then, he is not so sure, and asks, rather than states whether what we see and seem is a dream within a dream. His poetic voice is that of a mystic, and his versifying is traditional and tight. The sands of his words are at his command, not loosed from his grasp without his command, but his subject matter poses questions the answers to which he (and we) cannot understand. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 473 Points Onuora Ilodibe (1/15/2016 2:04:00 AM)

    dream within a dream... Such I have, not on my sleep but a walking reality that pricks from within. To surge and seize (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Stacey Jayne Drosdeck (1/14/2016 9:37:00 AM)

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Poems About Despair

  1. 1. A Dream Within A Dream , Edgar Allan Poe
  2. 2. A Meeting With Despair , Thomas Hardy
  3. 3. A Song Of Despair , Pablo Neruda
  4. 4. Alone , Edgar Allan Poe
  5. 5. A Last Word , Ernest Christopher Dowson
  6. 6. The Song Of Despair , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. Despair's Advantage Is Achieved , Emily Dickinson
  8. 8. Ode To Despair , Charlotte Smith
  9. 9. Despair , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  10. 10. Sonnet 144: Two Loves I Have, Of Comfort.. , William Shakespeare
  11. 11. Sonnet Xxvi: I Ever Love , Michael Drayton
  12. 12. Song. Despair , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  13. 13. Despair , Anne Sexton
  14. 14. Despairing Cries , Walt Whitman
  15. 15. Despair , Ada Cambridge
  16. 16. Despair , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. 17. In Despair , Constantine P. Cavafy
  18. 18. The Peace Of Wild Things , Wendell Berry
  19. 19. For Anne Gregory , William Butler Yeats
  20. 20. Despair , Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  21. 21. Remembrance , Emily Jane Brontë
  22. 22. Despair , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  23. 23. The Despair , Abraham Cowley
  24. 24. Shall I Wasting In Despair , George Wither
  25. 25. To Reformers In Despair , Vachel Lindsay
  26. 26. Heavy, My Despair , Paul Verlaine
  27. 27. The Despairing Shepherd , Matthew Prior
  28. 28. April , Louise Gluck
  29. 29. In Black Despair , Czeslaw Milosz
  30. 30. Ode To Despair , Mary Darby Robinson
  31. 31. Reply To Some Verses Of J.M.B. Pigot, Es.. , George Gordon Byron
  32. 32. Hope And Despair , Lascelles Abercrombie
  33. 33. The Difference Between Despair , Emily Dickinson
  34. 34. Commencement Of A Poem On Despair , Henry Kirke White
  35. 35. Limerick: There Was An Old Man Whose Des.. , Edward Lear
  36. 36. Hope And Despair , Arthur Weir
  37. 37. Song Of Social Despair , Marvin Bell
  38. 38. Sympathy , Emily Jane Brontë
  39. 39. The Leaden Echo And The Golden Echo , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  40. 40. A Song Of Despair , VIPINS PUTHOORAN
  41. 41. Rosalind And Helen: A Modern Eclogue , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  42. 42. The Corsair , George Gordon Byron
  43. 43. >≫Blank Space , Abdul Wahab
  44. 44. You Are My Teacher , Antoinette Kopperfield
  45. 45. The Black Shawl , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  46. 46. Journey Of A Bard / Poem 1 Hundred , abhimanyu kumar.s
  47. 47. Elegy , Charlotte Smith
  48. 48. The Giaour: A Fragment Of A Turkish Tale , George Gordon Byron
  49. 49. Despair , Kelly Vinal
  50. 50. The Cenci : A Tragedy In Five Acts , Percy Bysshe Shelley
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