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Verse form by Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream Within a Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe

First published appearance in
The Flag of Our Union

First published in The Flag of Our Marriage
Publication date March 1849
Lines 24
Read online A Dream Within a Dream
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A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM.

Take
this osculation upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much permit me avow—
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days take been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a solar 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 up amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I concur within my mitt
Grains of the gilded 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! tin can I not salve
1
from the pitiless moving ridge?
Is
all
that we encounter or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Reading of the verse form “A Dream Within a Dream”

A Dream Inside a Dream” is a poem written past American poet Edgar Allan Poe, beginning published in 1849. The verse form has 24 lines, divided into two stanzas.

Analysis

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The poem dramatizes the confusion felt by the narrator as he watches the important things in life slip away.[1]
Realizing he cannot concur on to even one grain of sand, he is led to his last question whether all things are just a dream.[2]

It has been suggested that the “golden sand” referenced in the 15th line signifies that which is to be plant in an hourglass, consequently time itself.[3]
Another interpretation holds that the expression evokes an image derived from the 1848 finding of gold in California.[1]
The latter interpretation seems unlikely, however, given the presence of the 4, almost identical, lines describing the sand in another poem “To ——,” which is regarded as a blueprint for “A Dream Within a Dream” and preceding its publication by two decades.[3]

Publication history

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The poem was first published in the March 31, 1849, edition of the Boston-based story paper
The Flag of Our Matrimony.[2]
The same publication had only ii weeks before first published Poe’s short story “Hop-Frog.” The side by side month, owner Frederick Gleason announced it could no longer pay for any articles or poems it published.

Adaptations

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  • Picnic at Hanging Rock, a story well-nigh a grouping of girls disappearing while on a field trip to a rock formation in the early 20th century, begins with a vocalism over that states “What nosotros come across and what we seem is only a dream. A dream within a dream“.
  • The Alan Parsons Project’south album
    Tales of Mystery and Imagination Edgar Allan Poe
    opens with an instrumental homage to the poem. Its 1987 re-release included a narration by Orson Welles.
  • The Propaganda album
    A Secret Wish, released in 1985, opens with the track “Dream Within A Dream”. The poem is recited in spoken-word course by vocalist Susanne Freytag.
  • Biological Radio, the 1997 Dreadzone album, features the track “Dream Inside A Dream” which quotes lines from the verse form.
  • The Yardbirds’ recorded a musical adaptation for their 2003 album
    Birdland, calculation a new verse of their ain.[four]
  • Elysian Fields recorded a musical accommodation of the song.
  • Sopor Aeternus and The Ensemble of Shadows adapted the poem for their album Poetica – All Beauty Sleeps.
  • Korean male child group NCT utilized the poem as a concept base, mentioning “Dream Within a Dream” several times throughout their discography. Examples include “Dream in a Dream” past 10 (NCT 2018 Empathy, 2018) and “INTERLUDE: Regular-Irregular” by NCT 127 (Regular-Irregular, 2018), with additional references in media.

References

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    Silverman, Kenneth.
    Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-catastrophe Remembrance. New York: Harper Perennial, 1991. p. 402 ISBN 0-06-092331-viii
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    b



    Sova, Dawn B.
    Edgar Allan Poe: A to Z. New York: Checkmark Books, 2001: 73. ISBN 0-8160-4161-X
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    Poe, E. A. (1969). Poems Nerveless in 1829. In T. O. Mabbott (Ed.),
    Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume I: Poems
    (pp. 130). Massachusetts: Belknap Press.

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    XElvikingoX. “The Yardbirds – Dream Within A Dream”. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14. Retrieved
    9 February
    2019

    – via YouTube.


External links

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dream_Within_a_Dream