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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
at Wikisource


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

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
from the pitiless moving ridge?
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.



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


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.



  • 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.



  1. ^



    Silverman, Kenneth.
    Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-catastrophe Remembrance. New York: Harper Perennial, 1991. p. 402 ISBN 0-06-092331-viii
  2. ^



    Sova, Dawn B.
    Edgar Allan Poe: A to Z. New York: Checkmark Books, 2001: 73. ISBN 0-8160-4161-X
  3. ^



    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.

  4. ^

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

    – via YouTube.

External links


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