A Dream Within A Dream

The game Alan Wake still is far away from going gold—therefore it quite naturally can not be modified yet. Nevertheless the community already has come into existence and its members don’t idle the day away. The until now released material on and from the upcoming game plus the dreams and visions about it fuel the future Alan-Wake-modders’ creativity. The artistical appropriation of the till now mainly imagined Alan-Wake-universe manifests itself in artefacts—see the Fan Art section at AlanWAKE.Net. Two recent pieces strike me the most: Uisor’s interpretation of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”, and Awaken’s video [.avi | 29.1MB] “A Dream Within A Dream”. The latter is an excellent piece of machinima, featuring an Alan-Wake puppet reciting Edgar Allan Poe’s poem in a surrealistic setting and ambience. Believe me, it sends shivers down your spine.

A Dream Within A Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe


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?

Note the multiple associations packed into Awaken’s creation: The immortal Poe being a horror-fiction writer like Alan Wake [EDIT: Poe is the horror-fiction writer], the poem ‘taking place’ at an ocean shore—maybe like the one at Bright Falls, the protagonist parting from, or loosing someone, and then the overall theme of the menacing problem of dream and reality …
via entry at AlanWAKE.Net

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