A Dream Within a Dream

A Dream Within a Dream


By Cantor Guy Bonné

My new “album in the making” celebrates great American poets. The first composition, Edgar Allan Poe’s A Dream Within a Dream, gripped me the first time I read it many years ago. It was a beacon that illuminated my own life’s crisis. The poem’s many question marks defined my own struggle to understand and to find meaning. Working on A Dream Within a Dream deepened my affection to this wonderful poem and allowed a liberating sense of closure; the acceptance and the sincere appreciation of question marks. The more the merrier.

Inspired by Poe’s essay The Poetic Principle, with its delightful insights gave me focus while choosing direction composing and orchestrating.


    A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan 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?

    *Poetry part of the public domain

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