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A Dream Within a Dream

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Erin Carlin

on 5 April 2013

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Transcript of A Dream Within a Dream

A Dream Within a Dream
By: Edgar Allan Poe Done by: Erin Carlin and Alex Moreno 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? 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? Paraphrase The first stanza shows the point of view of the narrator parting from a lover, while the second stanza places the narrator on a beach while trying to grasp a handful of sand in his hand representing dreams lost.
The narrator is leaving his lover, indicating a death to their love. The falling grains of sand in the second stanza creates the image of an hourglass, which represents the passage of time. As the sand flows away until all time has passed, the lovers' time also disappears, and the sand and the romance each turn into impressions from a dream. Romantic Elements Imagery: "I stand amid the roar of a surf-tormented shore" Literary elements Poet Connection The connection with the author and this poem is that this poem was about loosing his lover and wasn't able to tell reality from his lost dreams. He wasn't able to grasp the reality that this is how his life has become. He felt hopeless and couldn't bring himself to let her go or even say goodbye. Lyrics Caught within a dream
Within a dream
A man within a man
Caught within a thought
Within a thought
And oceans so deep
He will drown in his sleep Works Cited His final goodbyes, parting from his lover His life has only been a dream His hope is gone because she's already gone He questions what he is seeing, is it just a dream? or reality? The passing of the dreams or reality as it seems is going violently and not so easy on him Golden sand represents the lost dreams and how they are slipping away from him He cannot grasp what is reality and what is a dream, asks God to save him Pitiless wave represents the cruel passage of time Last sentence is a question showing that the speaker is still questioning reality, due to his disbelief in how his dreams are lost Surf tormented shore shows the violence in his frustration in not knowing reality from dreams Metaphor: "grains of the golden sand" Comparing the grains of sand to dreams Alliteration: "But a dream within a dream" Dream as it seems internal for speaker, the dream he sees is external Personification: "yet hope has flown away" Hope cannot fly away Tone: In the first stanza it is questioning and curiosity and in the second stanza it is frustration, unrest, and struggle. Theme: Not ready to make peace with his losses, nothing more to do than hold onto lost dreams, and chasing dreams leads to one's hopelessness. youtube.com
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