What does the quote "Is but a dream within a dream" mean?

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I need to know information about the Quote "Is but a dream within a dream" the history behind it and what it means.

-- Anonymous, March 07, 2002


Hello Lisa, I love Poe and I think I understand this quote well. If you know about his life it's a little easier to understand. He had a terrible life and a equally terrible end to it. I think what he meant by saying, "Is not all that we see or seem, but a Dream within a Dream?", He's referring to Life in and of it's self as being one big elaborate dream and everyone's own personal life is they're own personal dream, hence "A dream within a dream". So in short, He's saying life is the illusion we make it. You may be thinking that if that's true why is it not happy and wonderful, well I also think he's trying to say as strange as it may seem, we also want and create our own defeats and fears, but in some strange way we don't completely control our own minds. Like zombies that only have some yet at the same time enormous control over they're world(mind). Sort of like having so much control you don't realize it. Well, I hope I was some help, I enjoyed sharing my opinion. Please feel free to write me back, let me know what you think. Good Day. ~Amberly

-- Anonymous, July 24, 2002

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