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

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Comment 34 of 754, 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 754, 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 754, 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

Mel from Canada
Comment 31 of 754, 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
Comment 30 of 754, added on February 24th, 2005 at 8:37 PM.

This poem is REAL deep. I think that this poem reflects on the loss of his
wife. And it really shows how deep it hurt him to think that he had to let
go of the one that truly loved him. I really like this one.

Rynell from United States
Comment 29 of 754, added on February 21st, 2005 at 3:43 PM.

this is real poem,this is real feelings,this is the dark...

bobi from Macedonia
Comment 28 of 754, added on February 4th, 2005 at 6:28 PM.

I first read this poem when I was in my 30's and was immediately affected
by the sadness and loneliness of the writer. From the first verse 'take
this kiss upon the brow' shows that he is leaving someone that he loves
deeply. The relationship has broken up because he cannot hold onto it -
like the sand it slipped through his fingers and he was but living in a
dream, as we all are. It is profound and moving to say the least, a great
piece of work and one I shall always remember.

sandy from United Kingdom
Comment 27 of 754, added on February 1st, 2005 at 3:03 PM.

When I read this poem, the first thing I got out of it was that when Edgar
wrote it, he was saying that you live like your life is a dream. You don't
really live it like you are supposed too. I like the poem, don't get me
wrong. But you are supposed to live your life the way you want to. Live
your life to the fullest.

Donna from Armenia
Comment 26 of 754, added on January 30th, 2005 at 6:50 PM.

I like this poem. It is truly deep. Poe lived a miserable life from his
step parents to his fiance he never married. His life was so sad. I pity
him, and I love his works, too. He is a great writer. ^_^

fllnstr18 from United States
Comment 25 of 754, added on January 26th, 2005 at 3:59 PM.

This Poem Is Just So BEAUTIFUL!!!!! And it seems so true when it says
hcant save one froma wave.

Heather M. from United States

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