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?

by Edgar Allan Poe

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I feel he just expressed the elusive nature of life. One minute you think you have it all and another minute you have nothing. I feel it further shows the only moment you're sure about is the present.
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Wow! This poem is amazing... I can read it read it for many times, still it remains amazing
The poem is all about the uncertainty of human existence. Not sure we are really living or experiencing this life dreamily. Life is like the golden sand the poet personae grasps so protectively but the torrents of the world (surf-tormented shore) , saps it away stealthily, much as we try, we cannot hold on to life (the sand) forever. We pray fervently to God to make our lives longer but what if everything we are or seem to be is all a dream? . Great piece by Edgar.
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