A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM poem by Edgar Allan Poe

A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM poem by Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream Within a Dream poem was written by Edgar Allan Poe, it was first published in 1849. Edgar Allan Poe was an American author and poet. The poem questions the way one can distinguish between reality and fantasy, asking, “Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?”

Recommended Book:- Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avowโ€”
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 sandโ€”
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weepโ€”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?

Recommended Book:- Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems

See Also:- Eulalie Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

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  1. Awesome poem. Poe has always been my favorite, and this one makes you really think.

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  2. I love Poe, both the good, the bad and the scary. My personal favorite is Annabelle Lee, but I have several volumes of his works, and love his stories also, especially “The Tell Tale Heart”. They all tell stories to make you think about the story behind what you read.

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  3. “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”… that is one of my favorites lines ever. I love this poem. Thanks for reminding me!

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