Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | July 15, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: A Dream Within A Dream

by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849).

 

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;                  5

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                                   10

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-                              15

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?                             20

O God! can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream? 

 

Notes:

http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides4/Dream.html#Top

http://www.eapoe.org/index.htm

http://www.poestories.com/index.php

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