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

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Comment 71 of 741, 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
Comment 70 of 741, added on November 14th, 2005 at 1:12 PM.

this poem is extremly brilliant and reaches out to you if you just take the
time to sit back and really take it in. Poetry is an exellent way of
expressing your self and I think everyone should at least give it a

Brett from United States
Comment 69 of 741, added on November 12th, 2005 at 2:47 PM.

I really liked this poem because we know that edgar allan poe really
suffers a lot in his life, just as he says he weeps and weeps, not
understanding with has all his life ruined.

Gabrielle from Panama
Comment 68 of 741, added on November 7th, 2005 at 6:47 AM.

I need to research this poem for a project and it's really hard. I dont
understand it too much and I think I might fail this project. damn!

No Name from United States
Comment 67 of 741, added on November 6th, 2005 at 10:28 PM.

i'm doing a report on dis poem n its confusing me...to me this poem is
about edgar allen poe saying good bye to a loved one. den he is
questioning/wondering if life is\ just a dream that comes and goes...next
he goes on about how he is surrounded by louds sounds and how he trys to
hold on to he's loved ones as well as he can..but still they leave.. so he
is standing there crying and crying wanting them to come bac.. wut i dont
get it the line "a dream within a dream"

lingling from United States
Comment 66 of 741, added on October 29th, 2005 at 5:31 PM.

well i dont really understand this but it sounds beautiful!

someone from United States
Comment 65 of 741, added on October 25th, 2005 at 3:28 PM.

whatever, don't care about this poem, it is STUPID,
you poem likers out there, get on with your life and get OVER poems. poems
are like, sooooooo pointless.....

Betsy from Bahamas
Comment 64 of 741, added on October 23rd, 2005 at 4:36 AM.

i don't know the meaning of this poem, but i love it, and just the way it

stephi from Australia
Comment 63 of 741, 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 741, 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

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