(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

A Dream Within A Dream

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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love this poem! Read it in my am lit honors class its fantastic
Equating this poem to current day is mind boggling. Edgar was such a great poet, as evidenced by most of his writings. : -)
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A dream within a dream. One day we would wake up that we are just dreaming and had awaken from a dream in a dream within a dream.
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