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July 28, 2004

Brain Candy

A Dream Within A Dream
by Edgar Allen 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?

Posted by Dan at July 28, 2004 09:51 AM

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Sometimes I wonder if an unbalanced mind is a prerequisite to creative genius. Perhaps being a creative genius makes one unbalanced because the world view is different. Hmmm....

Posted by: Cindy Preston at July 28, 2004 12:40 PM

Very possible. It's clear that Poe was one of many like Van Gogh who clearly saw the world in a very different way.

Maybe Van Gogh saw the world the way he painted it; maybe Poe saw the world the way he wrote it.

Posted by: Big Dan at July 28, 2004 05:09 PM

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