Sunday, March 31, 2019

Edgar Allan Poe Has A Dream Within A Dream

photo © Mark Butkus 2009
I stand amid the roar of a surf-tormented shore.
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?


— Edgar Allan Poe


A Dream Within A Dream was first published on March 31, 1849 in The Flag of Our Union. The periodical had published Poe's first short story Hop Frog two weeks previous. The following month The Flag of Our Union announced it would no longer pay for stories or poems it published thereby closing a source of income for Edgar Allan Poe who would die in October of 1849.


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