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

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Comment 54 of 754, 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 754, 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 754, 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 754, 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 754, 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 754, 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
Comment 48 of 754, added on July 5th, 2005 at 3:06 PM.

It seems to me that Poe's heavy rhyme works best in his longer-lined poems
and poems with varied line length, "The Bridal Ballad" being an exception
to this. For me, the rhyme makes the lines feel choppy and when I read
them outloud, as I love to do with Poe, the sound seems to overpower the

Edgar Hix from United States
Comment 47 of 754, added on June 15th, 2005 at 11:21 AM.

This poem is quite good. In the first stanza Poe is talking about a loved
one. The rest of the poem goes on to say he is living in a " dreamworld."
this says to me that Poe has lost all passion and his life now seems
meaningless. Like a dream.

Curtis Stang from Canada
Comment 46 of 754, added on June 1st, 2005 at 9:06 PM.

This is an incredibly meaning poem. I agree fully with sam on this one. He
analized this poem with amazing detail what whith the sand metaphore, and
the emtire first stanza. He hase a very true and rare gift.

Ryan from United States
Comment 45 of 754, added on May 16th, 2005 at 7:24 PM.

i think he expresses himself with the use of cannibas not alchol. marijuana
just isnt socially accepted its a shame. (don't blame me if i missspelled
somethingd im stonedt)

xavier from United States

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