A Dream Within a Dream (ASL)

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Image description: A white young man is standing in front of a orangish/whitish wall. He is wearing a white T-shirt, grey-ish pants, and a brown belt. He is signing “DREAM.”

Purpose: I translated this poem because it is commonly studied in school, and I wanted to provide access for the Deaf community.

Translation notes: I focused more on exposition because I wanted people to make the connection with the English text (especially with the concept of Hope being existent or non-existent). I also implied “How few!” by clutching at the sands.

Title: A Dream Within a Dream

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

English text:

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?

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