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Analysis and comments on A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 101 of 721, added on March 20th, 2006 at 7:08 PM.

Of Course this poem is beautiful, in a melancholic sort of way, but then
pain can be a beautiful thing. I do not have a great understanding for
poetry, i thing that i am atempting to rectify. However it is my opinion
that those who spend there time looking to much into the poems meaning to
the author and not at the poems meaning to ones self are not truely
savoring the beauty of the words. That is not to say that Poes meaning is
not important, just that true poetry speaks to everyone in a different way
and should be apreciated be everyone differently, but the general idea
should be the same. For a school project i understand. But for those who
study to much into the poems backround and not enough time into the poems
depth you really are learning nothing of life, love, pain and all things
that make life worth living, which is what poetry is all about

Leif Ericson from United Kingdom
Comment 100 of 721, added on March 20th, 2006 at 4:36 PM.

i think that this poem is very well writen. you have your oppinions... some
nice and some crude... this poem is like a love poem so i believe it is
nice.

candace
Comment 99 of 721, added on March 19th, 2006 at 11:26 PM.

I am a 7th grader and doing a project on this for my language class. I
think that poem is questioning his meaning and mortality. He joined the
military the same year that he wrote this poem. Does anybody know the exact
date this poem was written cuz' I could use this in my interpretation if he
wrote it b4 he joined the army! Thanks

Des from United States
Comment 98 of 721, added on March 18th, 2006 at 5:16 PM.

I do not believe that the last stanza is dealing with memories at all. I
believe that the "golden sand" that is slipping through his hand is his
hopes and dreams. Through his loss in the first stanza he has come to
realize that we all must die, and in turn lose our hopes and dreams to this
death. He tries to grasp his hopes and dreams with a tighter clasp, but you
cannot deny death, as it is unavoidable, so in turn, no matter what, we all
must lose our hopes and dreams. Therefore our life really is a dream within
a dream, because it eventually ends and we "wake up."

Helga from Canada
Comment 97 of 721, added on March 9th, 2006 at 3:06 PM.

This poem is sexy in every way possible

Brian from United States
Comment 96 of 721, added on February 20th, 2006 at 5:19 PM.

awesome

alex from United Kingdom
Comment 95 of 721, added on February 4th, 2006 at 12:18 AM.

i think that this poem is about love. the love between a woman and her
dildo.

Lucy from Barbados
Comment 94 of 721, added on January 31st, 2006 at 12:28 AM.

it is clear that the morale of this story is loss is inevitable, but the
only one aspect that is unknown to many is, loss of what? Is it loss of
life, loss of love, loss of power, memory? All of these themes are
extremely convincing and could be the very meaning that Poe intended it to
be.


noname from United States
Comment 93 of 721, added on January 30th, 2006 at 11:44 PM.

alc had posted that this poem was written in 1827 but i was realy written
in 1849 during the gold rush and after his wife died in 1847. so i belive
that this poem was dedicated to his wife virginia. in false hope that he
could sve his wife virginia.

hihihihihihihihihih from United States
Comment 92 of 721, added on January 30th, 2006 at 8:27 PM.

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.

hihihihihihihihihi from United States

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: A Dream Within A Dream
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