A dream to some, a nightmare to others," Merlin/ExcaliburEmpirical reality may be ethereal, but it is certainly not disembodied. Nature is offhandedly enthusiastic about express delivering bursting cans of whoop ass.
Beautiful quote. Can you provide the exact source? I tried a bit of Googling but couldn't find it.I'm sure Jorge Luis Borges must have been aware of the line -not only the idea of nested dreams appears in many of his works, but I also seem to recall he uses an almost literal Spanish version of this quote once or twice. I didn't know it came form Poe.
The entire poem is just as interesting:Take this kiss upon the brow!And, in parting from you now,Thus much let me avow-You are not wrong, who deemThat my days have been a dream;Yet if hope has flown awayIn a night, or in a day,In a vision, or in none,Is it therefore the less gone?All that we see or seemIs but a dream within a dream.I stand amid the roarOf a surf-tormented shore,And I hold within my handGrains of the golden sand-How few! yet how they creepThrough my fingers to the deep,While I weep- while I weep!O God! can I not graspThem with a tighter clasp?O God! can I not saveOne from the pitiless wave?Is all that we see or seemBut a dream within a dream? Edgar Allan PoeBee, came by way of Lubos and I really like your blog!
Hi alejandro, the poem is called A Dream within a Dream, and you can probably find it in some Poe-collection, sorry, don't know an exact reference. Thanks for the nice words, rea ann :-)
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