TA0116: A Dream Within a Dream

A Dream Within a Dream

Edgar Allan Poe

Michael Scott

In this short poem, Edgar Allan Poe sets out to describe the boundaries of a human soul and looks beyond the reality of the immediate values of his own era. Even though A Dream Within a Dream appears to have delusional aspects, in actuality, it is the reflection of modern society. The poem presents how an existential reality, before understood by society as a whole, appears to be a delusion. It is a reality within another reality, a dream within a dream, that is only invalid because it is not yet a concrete absolute.


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Edgar Allan Poe

This American poet and writer is best known for his tales of mystery, horror and sheer terror, at least for the Victorian Age of the mid-1800s, which was his early audience. Read more on Wikipedia.