Sunday, April 22, 2012

Poem in my Post: A Dream Within A Dream

Poem in my Post:  A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allen Poe

I chose to highlight Edgar Allen Poe today for National Poetry Month.  He is one of my absolute favorites.  I visited his house in Philly a few years ago and have read many of his books and all his poetry.  A Dream Within A Dream is one of his lesser known poems but it is so lovely and mysterious and I love it!  If you have not read Poe's poetry, you need to give him a try.  His poems are uniquely beautiful and thought provoking.

 A Dream Within A Dream

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