A Dream Within a Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe
A Dream Within a Dream Defeat Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
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? (6-9)
The image of hopelessness here foreshadows the speaker's defeat in the second stanza. It also foreshadows some of the emotional pain he endures as a result.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore (12-13)
These lines, like lines 6-9 also foreshadow the speaker's impending defeat. The "roar" of the ocean sure sounds ominous, and the image of a shore being "tormented" or assaulted by the surf reminds us of how the sand will also torment the speaker, because it's always falling away from him. The dude just can't win.