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

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Comment 58 of 748, 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 748, 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 748, 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 748, 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 748, 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
Comment 53 of 748, added on August 29th, 2005 at 4:44 PM.

I believe that Poe meant by this poem was that you can not keep grasp of a
person and save from something like making the wrong choice by force,
because they will soon anough fall from reach and choice something
different(But it depends on the person and how they look at it. 'Cuz I saw
it many different ways when i read it so this is just one of my thoughts.
Yep, yep, yep.)Well, that's all. Bye peoples.

Brittain from United States
Comment 52 of 748, added on August 12th, 2005 at 11:44 PM.

Hey you wrote a great poem and i expire your thoughts and how you are such
a great poet.so id like to say thanks for this/and thanks for sharring it
with everyone.

Tiffany Dunham from United States
Comment 51 of 748, added on August 12th, 2005 at 3:55 PM.

Although short this poem contains crucial point of edgar's life. We all
know what it was like full of grief and sorrow. He probably wanted his life
to be just a dream which he could easily awake from and live his life

blazer from United States
Comment 50 of 748, added on July 28th, 2005 at 5:24 PM.

Thank you Sam for your analogy. Its refreshing to read your thoughts of

Alice from Canada
Comment 49 of 748, added on July 27th, 2005 at 9:32 AM.

piękny wiersz. Zrozumiałam :) kiedy go przetłumaczyłam
na polski. Może znjade jakieśinne twoje wiersze
Baeutiful poem. I understood when I transleted them Polish. Maybe I'll
find your different poems. If I have maid some mistake, I'm sorry... See Ya

Mysza91 from Poland

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