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

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Comment 84 of 714, 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 714, 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 714, 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 714, 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 714, 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 714, 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
Comment 78 of 714, added on December 8th, 2005 at 8:02 PM.

I like this poem. he shows you he cares and he cares so much that he even
wants to save the sand from the tide. he is an emotional wreck but he can
turn terrible things into a strange but nice poem you can relate to.

stephanie from United States
Comment 77 of 714, added on December 6th, 2005 at 4:14 PM.

this poem has so much spirit that i love it

wen from Canada
Comment 76 of 714, added on November 26th, 2005 at 6:26 PM.

haha i dont care what anyone says about him except for i agree with all the
ones that said he a drunk retard!!! hell yeh he doesnt now poetry i mean im
in 8th grade i can write a better one then him haha lol



Stef from United States
Comment 75 of 714, added on November 26th, 2005 at 2:32 PM.

Freedom of speech, ha i think not.
this is stupid edgar allen poe was drunk
that married his cousin. moments of happiness brought him pain. its bcuz he
did drugs obviously.

jeana from United States

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