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a dream within a dream

A Dream within a Dream

By Edgar Allen Poe

Original Publication by Flag of Our Union in 1849

  • This poem should be accepted by Glencoe Publishing Company because of its unique rhythm and rhyme scheme which would be informal and not having a set number of stressed and unstressed beats.

The Rhythm scheme is not quite free verse but it still has somewhat of a pattern. The first two lines have three feet, while the next one has one and then it goes back to two feet. This repeats randomly throughout the poem

  • “ 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”
free verse
Free verse
  • Free verse poems are poems that have no fixed patterns of meters or rhymes
  • Also it being a free verse having a different rhyme and rhythm scheme making it different then other poems.
  • This poem is unlike others because of its unique rhyme scheme
rhyme scheme
Rhyme scheme
  • Rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhyming words in a stanza or a poem.
  • The rhyme scheme in A Dream within a Dream uses couplets for the most part with exception of two lines that rhyme in threes.
  • Each couplet rhymes different than the others except for couplets 4-5, 10-11, and 23-24 where they rhyme seem or deem with dream.
  • “Grains of golden sand”
    • Line 15 has an allusion in it
    • Back in 1848 they discovered gold in California and the grains came in because there was gold dust when settlers panned gold.
  • This poem has different number of syllables per line but not out of the ordinary.
  • Examples:
    • “Is it therefore the less gone?”-This one has seven
    • “All that we see or seem” – this one has six
    • “Is but a dream within a dream.”- and this one has 8 yet there right after each other.
  • Motif is the significant word description idea or image that is repeated through out a literary work and related to the them.
  • Motif is in this poem because of the repetition of dream in which he was making a point to say that is everything a dream or is it real?

Atmosphere is the emotional quality, or mood, of a piece of writing, especially a mood established in part of the setting.

The atmosphere of this poem is gloomy in the fact that the narrator is leaving from a love one. This is show in the first two lines.

“Take this kiss upon the brow!”

“And, in parting from you now,”

  • Stanzas are groups of lines forming a unit in a poem
  • This poem is set in a two stanza form but different number of syllables and pattern of rhyme and rhythm.
  • Glencoe Publishing Company should add A Dream within a Dream for many reasons.
  • Many of those reason are:
    • Syllables
    • Stanzas
    • Free verse
    • Motif
    • Allusion
    • Rhythm
    • Rhyme scheme