SU Press Celebrates National Poetry Month with Poe!

April 1st marks the start of National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate the brilliant work of talented American poets. From Mark Twain to Emily Dickinson, we all have a favorite poet who we praise for their touching words that come to life on paper. This month, Syracuse University Press chooses to commend the famous, Edgar Allan Poe by sharing one of his popular poems.

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?

Take some time to explore a variety of different poems this April. Happy National Poetry month from the Syracuse University Press!

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