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Poem 2 April 4, 2013

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A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
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?
This a Gothic poem, characterized as being very emotional, even disturbing.  It is written in the first person with a great use of verbs(I weep-line 18).  The first stanza poses a question in a farewell to a loved one that is then elaborated on in the second stanza.  The rhyme scheme varies; the majority of it is in couples but the first three lines contain a three lined rhyme.  This has the effect of narrowing the reader’s eyes on these words, overlooking the less important transition or filler words and grasping onto the impacting and important words.  The diction is relatively simple, so to match the message and reach the audience.  Synonyms like vision, night, and deep are used to highlight the theme of a dream without exhausting that one word.  The poem reads excellently, where the transitions make it seem less like words on a paper and more like an actual dream; the shore and grains of sand imagery immediately come to life.  The poem dramatizes a confusion in watching the important things in life slip away.  Realizing he cannot hold onto even one grain of sand leads to his final question that all things are a dream.  What I first thought of was a man falling out of religion and belief.   That he had had enough bad or injustice happen to him that he couldn’t see how there could be a God anymore.  The character feels out of control, he cannot protect this other person so important to him and so he concludes that the world is folly.  That the goal type of dreams are fleeting and that all that we perceive is just an endless string of dreams.
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