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A Dream Within A Dream

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Robert Hadlock

on 9 December 2013

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Transcript of A Dream Within A Dream

A Dream Within A Dream
By: Edgar Allan Poe
Theme: Gothic, death, etc.
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston to two actors David and Eliza Poe
In 1811, his mother died on tour and he was taken in by John and Frances Allan.
Poe wrote many "normal" poems, but when he died, his enemy Griswald went to his house, got most of his unpublished works, and published them. Most of those works are what he is known for.
Some are "The Raven", "The tell Tale heart", "The Fall of the House of Usher", and "Annabel Lee"
A Dream Within a Dream was first published in 1849
He died October 7, 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;
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?
Rhyme scheme:

Poetic Devices
Kiss upon the brow - Imagery
That my days have been a dream - Metaphor
Yet if hope has flown away - Personification
In a night, or in a day - Imagery
In a vision - Imagery
All that we see or seem - Alliteration and Imagery
Dream within a dream - Alliteration
Poetic Devices
I stand amid the roar - Imagery
Surf tormented shore - Imagery
Grains of golden sand - Alliteration
How few! Yet they creep - Personification
Is all we see or seem - Alliteration
Dream within a dream - Alliteration
In form and texture this piece shows much.
Would have been proud, myself to have written it although would have to wonder then why it was written? does it grasp any useful concept, or realistic notion? No, don't think so.... It's just vanity musings in the end without value, other than as entertainment if it were current fare, wouldn't be on the history channel maybe on lifetime? Yeah, would be there for some to watch and enjoy, while others wondered which such obvious talent was wasted on such trivial pursuits. Poe was always using the dream theme to the point where it became trite nonsense.

Bob Atkinson
I disagree with him because even though Poe could have been a bit mad there was most likely a purpose and it wasn't wasted talent, because poetry expresses feelings and there is no wasted talent on poetry.
Critical thinking Questions.
1. What message do you think Poe was trying to get across to the reader?
2. What do you think the sand represents in the poem?
3. How do you think the people at the time would react to the poem?
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