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"A Dream Within a Dream"

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Evan Bretl

on 23 May 2014

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Transcript of "A Dream Within a Dream"

The Author - Poe
Poem Overview
Imagery
Two Main Images
Speaker and Situation
Figurative Language
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?
January 1809, Boston
parents David and Elizabeth
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
Metaphor: 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?
Personification of Hope
Metaphor: Sand & Surf
Edgar Allen Poe
"A Dream Within a Dream"
Analysis by
Evan Bretl, Ben Martin,
Jacob Meyer, Paul Maricocchi

Speaker
maybe poe
written after death of wife
same year he died
talks about hope flying away and sand slipping from his hand
may be depressed and hopeless
maybe someone else
life is ending
was a good life
but does not want to go
hope may still be there
"Surf Tormented Shore"
Solemn and sad (while i weep)
Eroded
Connected to death and decay (Annabel Lee)
"Golden Grains of Sand"
Futile
Trying to hold on
Time
-lines 10-11
-lines 6-9
Legacy;
Gothic, Romantic writings
Works inspired by death
Dream within a dream written year of his death.
Schooling
Alcoholism and debt
Army/West Point
Newspaper editor
Married Virginia his cousin
Financial trouble
Virginia's Death
other romances
October 3, 1849 Found on the streets
Died 4 days later in hospital
Conspiracy!
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep
Sand
Shore
Waves
-lines 15-17
Result?
Let's look a little closer...
Imagine a dream where waking up puts you in another dream...
Prose version vs Poetic version
What is personification?
speaker's life is ending
was good life
"my days have been a dream" (5)
does not want to go
talks of hope, is it gone
"All that we see or seem/Is but a dream within a dream." (10-11)
Situation
Hopelessness and
Confusion
The feeling of a dream within a dream
The feeling of losing hold of the grains of sand
^ start at 1:25
Work Referenced
Giordano, Robert. "Biography of Edgar
Allan Poe." Poestories.com. N.p., 27
June 2005. Web. 22 May 2014.
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