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

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Comment 88 of 718, added on January 8th, 2006 at 12:04 PM.

hi my name is Andrea im in 7th grade and i have to do a project on this
poem and i think that this poem is about how this guy is saying goodbye to
his loved ones and his life. and he is saying that he cant hold on to his
memories and he cant remember anything any more but he wants to and he
thinks that all his life was a dream and he will wake up every one will
wake up.

andrea from United States
Comment 87 of 718, added on January 6th, 2006 at 4:51 PM.

Hi my name is JaOnna Woodard and I live in California and i just wanted to
let you now that your poem is so great it help me realize that when you
love some one you should always ley them know that or thell be like air in
a balloon and fade away

jaonna from United States
Comment 86 of 718, added on January 5th, 2006 at 4:33 PM.

this poem is about this guys life and how he thinks that it is all a dream
and maybe just one day hr will wake up. and maybe this guy was a drunkin
idiot but he is really briliant when it comes to poetry. i love this poem

andy from United States
Comment 85 of 718, added on January 3rd, 2006 at 1:19 PM.

i'm in the 8th grade too, I have to do this huge poetry project too, does
anyone have ms. milin or ms.leapfried?

paul from United States
Comment 84 of 718, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 9:25 PM.

I think this poem is about saying goodbye, because he knows that all his
days will be gone, then thay will all turn into dreams or memerories, then
in the second stanza, he begins to talk about how he is losing all of his
memerories. Some people might think that this is about losing everyone
around him because of the diseases going around, then in the next stanza it
makes it seem like he is trying to save all of these people.

paul from United States
Comment 83 of 718, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 12:22 PM.

I'm in eighth grade and we did this HUGE poetry project. One of the things
I had to do was paraphrase a poem and this was the one I did. I don't
remember everything I put, however, I remember that I thought this poem was
about memories. Especially with the second stanza and the references to
sand slipping through his fingers like memories being lost. I dunno.

Dayna from United States
Comment 82 of 718, added on January 1st, 2006 at 4:55 AM.

I agree with all Poe_lovers.I don't think that we have the right to throw
our negative comments to whomever it may stick to.Life is not easy for
everyone.we don't also have the right to judge either life itself or the
owners of it.If you don't get what a poem says then mind your own
business(if you have of course)

elif from Turkey
Comment 81 of 718, added on December 28th, 2005 at 8:16 AM.

The people who think this man is a drunken fool are fools themselves. If
they cannot understand the deep meaning of this peom written with extream
understanding then they dont have the right to out down the extrodinary man
that wrote it.
The poem beggins to say that he has been living in a fantisy but the
fantisy is now over and must say goodbye, and he starts to think that what
if life is just a dream and one day we might all just wake up. Our lives on
this earth could just all be a dream 14 or 20 or 50 years long, then we
could wake up one day and see that it may just be one night that we slept
trhough dreaming of what we belive is life

Kristina from United States
Comment 80 of 718, added on December 14th, 2005 at 9:55 PM.

True, he was a drunken man who was probably called an idiot and a madman on
many an occassion. But he was truly a brilliant man. The fact that a person
may not understand his sophisticated language, the symbolism in his poems,
and everything and anything else about him is a fault of your own; it's not
your right to criticise him so harshly. And about him marrying his cousin;
it was a common thing to do in the States at that time, especially in
Virginia, if I'm not mistaken.

Mi from Canada
Comment 79 of 718, added on December 13th, 2005 at 3:04 PM.

I feel sorry for people who don't understand a poem and respond by calling
the poet stupid. I can understand your frustration, but that's your problem
not his. Anyway, it's really quite simple. Our lives and the material
universe of which we're a part are just illusions. The Hindus call it maya.
They also blieve that the only real thing is God in whose mind the drama
plays out. To many this is a joyous thing like a dance which has no point
except the fun of it all, but Poe did have a melancholic tendency and
tended to see the negative side of everything.

John from Canada

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