A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

Hi all 🙂

As I said in Part I of the Poe series, Poe is one of my favorite poets, because he has an interesting style and a way of looking at things. The poem I want to share with you today, entitled “A Dream Within A Dream”, is one of my all time favorites. Basically, in this poem, Poe states his vision about life and existence, and there’s a deep meaning behind the words.

So here it is, and if you would like to read more poems by Poe, you can do so here: Poe’s Poems.

A Dream Within A Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
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 stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

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