Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
October 23rd, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 279,055 comments.
Analysis and comments on A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 [68] 69 70 71 

Comment 40 of 710, added on May 7th, 2005 at 5:50 PM.

In the first stansa of this poem, Edger is expresing his sadness for a
loved one who has gone away. The second stansa could be interpreted in many
difrent ways. obviusly the waves and sand represent something, some people
think the sand is his life, or his dreams, or maby his memories, but I
think they are all of the people that were close to him. In Poe's life he
lost many members of his famly and his wife to an illness. He was also a
drunk and was always looking for someone to love after his wife died. This
would suport my conclusion about this poem.

Hannah from United States
Comment 39 of 710, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 7:26 PM.

I think that this is one of Poe's best poems.

Nikki from United States
Comment 38 of 710, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 7:55 AM.

The poem i just read was a great poem i have read alot of poems from
different poets but this one i really enjoyed it has alot of potential and
its not like the others i have read.

cara mobley from United States
Comment 37 of 710, added on April 30th, 2005 at 7:24 AM.

I believe this poem is Poe coming to terms with his mortality. In the
first two lines, Poe is saying farewell to life, his immortality. I
disagree with the interpretation that Poe is saying goodbye to a lover. He
is giving a kiss on the brow, not the lips or the cheek. It seems a more
"general" farwell. Now, you could say this is for rhyming purposes (brow
and now), but I like to think this was more purposeful. He goes on to say,
"you are not wrong, who deem, that my days have been a dream." It seems to
me that he is talking not to just one person, but to everyone.

His days are dreams, because they do not exist anymore. The days past are
gone and now only memories, or dreams. All his days pass into
nonexistance, just like the larger "dream" of his life eventually will.
Dreams within a dream. His previous hopes that this isn't so, that he will
always exist, that there is something more, is gone.

In the second stanza, nonexistance is given the form of the ocean, and his
days are grains of sand, that he is powerless to stop from slipping away. I
think here he wanted to give the impression and image of an hourglass. The
waves of nonexistance are stealing his days, and will eventually take all
of them.

Even though he has accepted the fact of his mortality in the first stanza,
he still fights it in the second, pleading with God (if he exists) to save
him, to let him know that his life will not pass into the "deep" of
nothingness. He wants to believe and have hope again that his existance is
not just a dream and has purpose, so instead of stating it like at the end
of the first stanza, in desperation he asks it as a question in the
second.

"Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?"




Sam from United States
Comment 36 of 710, added on April 24th, 2005 at 2:07 PM.

I'm from Chile and I'm studing for being an english teacher. I had to chose
one of Poe's poems for an activity and I think this one is really deep. may
be you can imagine that Poe is talking about his wife or love (r), but the
thing is Poe wants to make people think about what they have in order to
enjoy it and make them realize about the importance of living every moment
as the last one.

Sergio Cerda Lira from Chile
Comment 35 of 710, added on April 4th, 2005 at 6:47 PM.

you rimed really good but you poem wasnt that good its not one of them
poems you would read over and over aguien you can hardly understand it.

kell from United States
Comment 34 of 710, added on March 28th, 2005 at 8:53 AM.

i think that he is simply trying to say that he has been living in a dream
and not really doing what he wants to do or what seems right to him and
now hes moving on

stephanie from United States
Comment 33 of 710, added on March 13th, 2005 at 10:03 PM.

Poe accurately describes the feeling of leaving one's
dearest friends and lovers, perhaps never to rejoin with them again. I
have often wondered whether all of our dreams 'grains of sand' must
ultimately leave us. As we get older and 'wiser' we leave behind the true
wisdom of our youth, squandering love and truth for materialism. In middle
age we look back and question ourselves harshly for making such
foolish decisions. Poe, ever the depressive, genius alcoholic, understood
this to the depths of his soul as THE American poet.
His incessant questioning of himself, and his attempts to live and
understand life in all of it's aspects, ultimately led to his demise in a
rainy gutter. To my mind this poem stands as a warning that we must
live our lives deeply and with passion. The sands sift and fall quickly
never to be regained.

Susan from United States
Comment 32 of 710, added on March 7th, 2005 at 9:42 AM.

I wanted to provide an analysis...it is pretty sad that this poem is above
an English teacher's head. Although it could mean different things to each
of us, the theme is consistent. In the first few lines he is obviously
parting from someone(i would say a lover), he or the lover possibly offered
words of comfort or bitterness(depends on how interpreted), that their
relationship and memories have all been just a dream(or like a dream). All
their memories have "flown away in a night" and in that case it all seems
hopeless. In the next few line he is asking if the loss should be less if
all of it was only a dream? The next few lines are easy, the surf tormented
shore is his life, and the sand symbolizes precious memories that slip
away, as he tries desperately to hold on to them, not letting life(the
waves) pull them away. And he questions again(with a ray of hope because
this time he poses it as a question and not a statement like in the first
paragraph) whether its all really just a dream. Your feedback would be
appreciated.

Mel from Canada
Comment 31 of 710, added on February 25th, 2005 at 11:58 PM.

I absolutly love this poem! I have it posted on my wall! This poem
discribes me in like so many different ways it is just unbelieveable!
/>

Erin from United States

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 [68] 69 70 71 
Share |


Information about A Dream Within A Dream

Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: A Dream Within A Dream
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 1914 times


Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: A Dream Within A Dream
By: Edgar Allan Poe

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Country:
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Subject:
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

Poe Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore