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

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Comment 80 of 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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 730, 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
Comment 74 of 730, added on November 25th, 2005 at 5:30 PM.

I have read, read, and read, this poem. Granted knowing that some English
teachers dont get it, makes me feel better. However, my feelings and
understandings of this poem are confusing;in a sense i am lost. I have
picked this poem because of my fisrt impression, unfourtunately, the mroe i
read it the more im not sure.
I believe that Por is talking about life in general even though alot are
saying that it is about losing a loved one or loved ones.
In the end i say to myself that everone has different ideas about this poem
and that no wich one is wrong nor right. Someone said it best that youo
would jsut ahve to know what Poe was going through and thinking of.
I do like the definitions given about the metaphores in this poem.
I guess generally everyone is right and everyone is wrong..lol!

Nosika from United States
Comment 73 of 730, added on November 15th, 2005 at 9:18 AM.

this poem makies me wunna sing and hold my dog in the air i love this poem
like anerd loves math

brett (the one with the beard) from Russia
Comment 72 of 730, added on November 15th, 2005 at 9:11 AM.

i think that poe was trying to express his sadness for all those people
that cant understand his poems cause there idiots. he was
expressing his mental anguish wich was an effect of all the loss of loved
ones he has suffered from and alll have died of T.B. and other various
ailments i feel bad for all you stupid people that dont unerstand what
poe was trying to say and may god take pity upon you mothers soul

jonathan meadows from Somalia
Comment 71 of 730, added on November 15th, 2005 at 2:00 AM.

This is a beautiful poem that requires effort to read between the lines and
appreciate the beauty in the message of the words.
The first verse is talking about him kissing another goodbye on the
eyebrow, and his parting words is to tell that person that he acknowledges
that the other is not wrong is stating that his days 'have been a dream',
meaning he had been living in another world, so to say, building
sandcastles in the air and going after an impossible notion. And yet, he
refutes by saying that the other is not all right, because he asks if hope
has fled, no matter the time frame, does it mean it has disappeared
completely? The last two lines holds the theme of the poem. He states
clearly, that everthing 'we see or seem', 'is but a dream within a dream',
indicating that everything is a dream; a wish we habour in our hearts.
The second verse outlines his thought process over the matter, ending with
a question directed towards his first statement 'all that we see or seem,
is but a dream within a dream', thusly shaking the steady foundation upon
which that idea stood. The word choice is exceedingly deliberate and well
chosen if you can spot it. 'I stand amid the roar' signifies the thudering
confusion going on in his head and his uncertainty in the world, and
'surf-tormented shore' shows that he feels depressed and discouraged by
torment, be in self-inflicted or by others. '...golden sand' employs the
concensus attached to 'golden', that is, purity and value. The sands
represent the opportunities in life, and '...how few!' shows what he thinks
of how often they come by. '...creep...to the deep' dictate that the
opportunities move slowly and silently past you so you don't realise it
till they are gone, and 'to the deep' tells that they are so far gone they
could no longer be retrieved. He rallies a cry of despair, asking why he
could not have caught them with a 'tighter clasp', voicing his displeasure
at having lost them and not being able to 'save one from the pitiless
wave'. 'Pitiless' shows the cruelty of those who tear the opportunity from
him, and 'wave' brings to mind the image of a overbearing rush of torrent
that one is helpless against. These two words highlight the futility of the
cry for the lost 'sand'. He ends by showing how this experience,
personified by an occurence of sand falling from his hand into the vast
ocean, has rocked what he once thought certain.
This is merely what I think his is trying to say, and hope that this may
help others better understand the poem.

Jace from Singapore

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