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.



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.