Talk:A Dream Within a Dream

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The capitalization of the title has been often "corrected" in the past few months and I figure a discussion is in order. Poe's original publication was titled "A Dream within a Dream"; modern anthologies seem to consistently go with "A Dream Within a Dream". I have yet to see a published anthology "A Dream Within A Dream". My vote is to always leave that second "a" in lower-case, unless someone has a logical reason not to, though I think "Within" is just fine in upper-case. --Midnightdreary (talk) 02:43, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

Poe has it right. within is a preposition, not typically capitalized in a title. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:04, 22 March 2012 (UTC)
I hardly think Poe was right or wrong, as he is due his poetic license. The question, however, was regarding the usage in this article, not Poe's decision. Further, the question was from four years ago. --Midnightdreary (talk) 20:16, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Reference to "Golden Sand"[edit]

I'm not sure that the California Gold Rush has anything to do with this metaphor. Does it fit with the poem's theme? Is this bit of information relevant to interpreting the poem or is it misleading?

It is sourced. --Midnightdreary (talk) 12:42, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
Added the most common interpretation of said metaphor, with reference, mentioned the conflict of facts with the aforementioned. For future reference, let it be known that by virtue of being written in stone, cellulose or any other medium alone, a claim - let alone one as subjective as a reading - does not attain factuality. (talk) 01:46, 17 January 2017 (UTC)


Am i mistaken or is the Film "Inception" one long adaption of the poem? Just think about the scenes where you can see main characters wash up on the beach, letting golden sand rinse throuch their fingers...

You have to provide a source or it's original research. If it is an adaptation of the poem (and I doubt that it is), it's a very, very loose one, with little to no connection to Poe's work. It doesn't seem worth mentioning either way, frankly. --Midnightdreary (talk) 15:41, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Include the poem in the article?[edit]

It's a relatively short piece of text and certainly the copyright has long expired. Would it be appropriate to include the poem in the article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:34, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Good question/suggestion. For a copyright-free poem of such a short length, suggestions from the Poetry Wikiproject as well as precedent in similar article both seem to lean toward inclusion of the poem. However, this article is very short, with very little significant content, which makes me worry that there is more poem than worthwhile material. I'd recommend bulking the article first to justify adding the poem. Just my opinion though. In the meantime, it's linked through the Wikisource link. --Midnightdreary (talk) 00:53, 29 September 2014 (UTC)