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

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Comment 63 of 713, added on September 30th, 2005 at 10:00 AM.

i REALLY like this poem,it reaches out to me ALL the way.its well thought
out as in the fact that it can reach to ,lost lovers,and to life slipping
away.i think that he was writeing this in a time of grayness in his life.

kaitlynn from United States
Comment 62 of 713, added on September 29th, 2005 at 6:26 PM.

I think everyone has his first love or first dream,but it didn't come to
you as expect.so we might sign of it and look for a new one.i think feeling
bad of loss means you can take good care of what you own and what you will
own.i don't think everything you want you can grasp,so treasure the things
you have,and you are rich.

stafiny lee from China
Comment 61 of 713, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 1:48 AM.

The poem is really great at all.Actually I have already memorized some
lines on this certain poem.. I salute the ever greatest poet, Edgar Allan
Poe... Salamat sa pagiging inspirasyon para sa aming Pilipino.

Jezrael Renz Suhillo from Philippines
Comment 60 of 713, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 10:25 PM.

pinche poema mas fumaroloque bueno que este wey ya esta muerto

arturo from Mexico
Comment 59 of 713, added on September 19th, 2005 at 5:57 AM.

PS: This poem was written in 1827 and Poe was born in 1809 so he was only
18. He was very physically fit and described as egotistical by some. So the
theory of this poem being about him trying to hang on to a life slipping by
seems premature. It's true he was forced to leave his first true love
around this time. She soon gave up on writing to him after they seperated
and married another. Hence her love was but a dream. But he made the poem
very in general on purpose. He knew it had a universal meaning. Yes all
your theories are right but none of them are wide enough to encompass the
whole poem. He's saying everything is really a dream and our own projected
idea of everything is but another dream within that dream.

Comment 58 of 713, added on September 19th, 2005 at 5:02 AM.

The poem takes place (Hypothetically) after his death as he stands on the
shore between here and the here-after. "kiss upon the brow" means take this
little piece of wisdom. He's probably speaking to just plain old us. What
does dream within a dream mean?
Imagine someone wants to be famous. That's thier dream.
They then discover that fame was an illusion, that it slipped away like
sand in your hand. Then fame itself was but a dream, an illusion. Hence
they're dreaming of a dream. Fame then is a dream within a dream. This can
be attached to endless other subjects besides fame.
ie. Money, love, art etc. It's possible he may have been thinking in
quantum physics a lifetime before the science was born.

ALC from United States
Comment 57 of 713, added on September 17th, 2005 at 1:50 AM.

maybe the poem is about him leaving his lover because he is doesnt want her
to go through what he is going through. He questions lifes reality and why
cant he save life from slipping away

me from United States
Comment 56 of 713, added on September 15th, 2005 at 3:38 PM.

this poem reaches me all the way to my soul and thats good. losing everyone
you love thats sad.

nickalos muckleroy from United States
Comment 55 of 713, added on September 13th, 2005 at 10:26 PM.

I liked this poem “A Dream within a Dream” because it had rhyming words in
it and it is different to other poems I have read and I liked the bit were
it said “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 would recommend this Poem to a friend because it rhymes and it is about
Dream within Dreams.

Charlotte McIlroy from New Zealand
Comment 54 of 713, added on September 1st, 2005 at 5:26 PM.

In the first stanza I believe that Poe is saying good-bye to a loved one.
This person seems to judge Poe as a dreamer. Poe asserts that he is a
dreamer and that without this characteristic life would be hopeless for
him. He believes that everything around us is a “dream within a dream”. In
other words he is saying that by dreaming we start believing on those
dreams and eventually turn them into reality. Moreover, in this first
stanza Poe repeats the ending of the last word of every two or three
sentences , for example, deem and dream, away and day, and none and gone.
This repetition adds rhythm to the poem and emphasizes the last word of
each sentence.
In the second stanza Poe uses figurative language. In the first paragraph
he illustrates himself “amid the roar” of a tormented shore, while he holds
“grains of the golden sand”. The grains of sand represent the dreams that
he is holding on to, while everything around him is a tormented scene,
which represent the world of those who have no dreams. He continues by
describing how those few “grains of sand” creep deeply within him, just as
his dreams do as well. He finishes questioning God about the reality of
those dreams.

KARLA from Mexico

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