This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

"A Dream Within A Dream" By Edgar Allan Poe

999 words - 4 pages

The five stages of death: Denial and Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance; many people, if not all, go through these stages within their lifespan. “A Dream Within A Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe follows a forlorn speaker who is grieving a lost loved one. Most people cannot fathom the utter desolation of watching a loved one die, the helplessness of a life passing, the self loathing that comes with the failure of protecting what you love the most.

The poem begins with an almost calm acceptance and a gentle farewell between two lovers. The first line the speaker bestows a “kiss upon the brow” (line 1. . . is this redundant?) to his departed lover, this classic show of affection draws the reader into a picturesque reverence. From there the speaker questions existence and the afterlife, as a traditional question that to this day is still disputed over, the speaker tries to create a sense of hope in seeing his love again. His hope that has “flown away” (line 6) gives hope a birdlike quality, and though hope may leave there is always an optimism that is will come back. The question of “Yet if hope has flown away. . .Is it therefore the less gone?”(line 6-9) is striking to the readers, it is the first use of italics and brings the reader in to answer the question. The speaker’s question addresses that in the complete loss of hope, does hope really matter when you lost something that you can never get back?

The next use of italics in “All that we see or seem / Is but a dream within a dream.” (Line 10-11) Unifies “gone (line 9) and “All” (line 10) with hope and the speaker’s love being gone, it is still the only thing that he can see. The speaker’s “dream within a dream” (line 11) can allude to two different meanings; the dream of hope being within a dream of the past or the dream of life as you pass on awakening you into a new dream existence. The dream of hope within a dream of the past, ties back into the beginning of the poem where the speaker is addressing his departed, who deemed that his days “have been a dream;” (line 5) pulling together the theme of a happy life with his lover, and alluding to the hopes that young lovers aspired to accomplish. While the dream of your current “life” will end in your passing and lead you into another dream, creates a type of dreamception, this gives the reader a sense of hope for the lovers would be able to live another dream together.

The second stanza of the poem begins with a more dramatic sense of word choice, punctuation, and meaning. The speaker is no longer standing near his deceased lover, but on a “surf-tormented shore” (line 13). The shore is a symbol for life and his soul, the chaos not only within over losing his other half, but also the chaos around him that...

Find Another Essay On "A Dream Within A Dream" By Edgar Allan Poe

A Brief History of Edgar Allan Poe

1321 words - 6 pages In Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe states, “We loved with a love that was more than love.” This saying is used by thousands of people everyday to their soul mate. The American Renaissance, which began in 1828 through 1865. Poe was an Anti-Transcendentalist, he wrote mostly about self-destruction (sin). Edgar Allan Poe enjoyed writing about death, sinful acts, and how others felt towards sin. Edgar Allan Poe had married his fourteen year-old cousin

"A Dream Within a Dream" Analysis

1108 words - 5 pages . This constant loss forced into Poe’s mind the pressure of defeat, a theme seen throughout many of his poems. In “A Dream Within a Dream,” Edgar Allen Poe uses setting, meter, and figurative language to express his persistent theme that any attempt to determine if reality is truly what it seems will end in utter defeat. Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Dream Within a Dream” is a deep, thought-provoking poem. The speaker begins by offering a kiss to say

Alone by Edgar Allan Poe

795 words - 4 pages The poem “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe depicts the personal life and challenges Poe faced as a child. The poem begins with Poe explaining how he knew he was different from other children. A quote that clearly portrays this would be, “From childhood's hour I have not been/ As others were-- I have not seen” (Poe ll. 1-2). Poe goes on to explain how he felt abandoned and severed from his peers, stating “And all I lov'd-- I lov'd alone” (Poe 8). I

Alone by Edgar Allan Poe

800 words - 4 pages The poem that I am analyzing is called “Alone”, written by Edgar Allan Poe. He was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts and passed away on October 7, 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a poet who works of fiction and horror majorly impacted literature. He is also an American author, editor and literary critic. His death remains a mystery, there are different stories about how he died but no one really knows the truth behind his

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The Dream Within a Dream

2470 words - 10 pages The Dream Within a Dream in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream         Shakespeare anticipates the Freudian concept of the dream as egoistic wish-fulfillment through the chaotic and mimetic desires of his characters in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The play also utilizes a secondary meaning of the word "dream" - musicality - by tapping into theater's potential for sensory enchantment. Through this artificial recreation of

A detailed biography of the life of Edgar Allan Poe

1406 words - 6 pages Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston to Elizabeth and David Poe. Both Elizabeth and David Poe were professional actors. Elizabeth Poe was praised by critics for her fine acting while David Poe often received negative reviews. In July of 1810 David Poe left his family without any explanation. Five months after he left Elizabeth gave birth to a third child, Rosalie. Elizabeth Poe soon grew ill with the most common fatal disease

Is It All A Dream Within A Dream?

1069 words - 5 pages ‘A Dream Within A Dream’ was written by Edgar Allan Poe on 1849, the year that he was found dead because of substance abuse. Considering that the author had gone through many hard times throughout his life with the loss of his beloved ones, this poem might refer to the emotional pain he suffered that let him to question the reality of life. The poem is written in despair as the tone is a mixture of mystery, loneliness and despair. The poem

A Look into the Dark Side of Edgar Allan Poe

2269 words - 9 pages Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and was found barely conscious two years after his wife death on a Baltimore street in 1949; three days later, he was dead at age forty. Just like the way he live his life and died, many of his stories and poems were a mystery. Two of his most famous works “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Raven” were dark and mysterious fictions with dark characters and mysterious plots. “The Cask of Amontillado” was a story

A Look into the Dark Side of Edgar Allan Poe

2298 words - 9 pages Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and was found barely conscious on a Baltimore street in 1949 two years after his wife’s death. Three days later Poe was dead at the age of forty. Just like the way he lived his life and died, many of his stories and poems were a mystery. Two of his most famous works “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Raven” were dark and mysterious fictions with dark characters and mysterious plots. “The Cask of Amontillado” was

A Research on the Work of Edgar Allan Poe

2167 words - 9 pages themes of terror and the mystery of the mind to show that under the circumstances anything can happen to anyone. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Purloined Letter” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Edgar Allan Poe explores horror, the mystery of psychology and puzzles in order to show the depth of the human mind and the consequences of it. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a man opens up by saying that he will defend

The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

1255 words - 5 pages and stories had dark and macabre themes. The Gold Bug was not one of those stories. The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe is a very exciting story. The story takes place in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. The narrator who is unidentified through out the story is very good friends with William Legrand. William Legrand was from New Orleans and he gathers insects as a hobby. William Legrand has a servant named Jupiter that keeps him company and

Similar Essays

Beauty And Nightmare In Dreamland And A Dream Within A Dream By Edgar Allen Poe

746 words - 3 pages expression for utopia or paradise (41, 42). Being followed by the only exclamation mark in the poem, these two lines are filled with Poe’s pessimistic view of his own spirit and his manic enthusiasm at the thought of Hell. Edgar Allen Poe’s interest in dream states continues in “A Dream Within A Dream”. In this poem, Poe states “That my days have been a dream;” (Dream 35). Describing his entire life as dreamlike, he then claims that “hope has

A Dream Within A Dream Essay

1029 words - 4 pages arms. The characters were oblivious to the fairies. Since they did not affect the lives Pyramus and Thisby, the couple had to overcome the obstacles of love by themselves, which is probably why they ended up dead. The only bond that “Pyramus and Thisby” had with fairyland was during their rehearsal when Nick Bottom ended up as the mutated apple of a Titania’s drugged eye. The idea of a dream within a dream is seen on many levels considering

Edgar Allan Poe; Fame Inspired By A Tragic Life

2202 words - 9 pages The 19th century American poet, Edgar Allan Poe, had been plagued by grief from an early age. He was an amazing poet and author who just happened to have a darker story. Many who have studied this prestigious man feel that his works, though magnificent, were extremely dark. Some believe it was nothing more then a fancy for him to spin such gruesome tales. Others feel his work was manipulated by the misfortune of his past. These people have

Edgar Allan Poe; Fame Inspired By A Tragic Life

2609 words - 10 pages Lee." EXPLORING Poetry. Detroit: Gale, 2003.). The poem is written in a way to give an image of a sea side grave. A tower, a grave, and a man so desperately lonely he has wept within himself as he is crumpled over his late love. “And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side (o)f my darling, my darling, my life and my bride, In her sepulchre Labrosse 7 there by the sea— In her tomb by the side of the sea” (Poe, Edgar Allan. "Annabel Lee