Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

A Dream - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed-
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken-hearted.

Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?

That holy dream- that holy dream,
While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
A lonely spirit guiding.

What though that light, thro' storm and night,
So trembled from afar-
What could there be more purely bright
In Truth's day-star?


Comments about A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Susan Williams (1/12/2016 3:49:00 PM)


    His fascination with dreams and what is communicated to us through dreams is a theme that is often woven through many of his work. He would be pleased that this poem has resonated in many different ways with the commentators below- a sign, I think, of his greatness. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/11/2015 11:25:00 PM)


    ...his dream brought him happiness ★ (Report) Reply

  • (8/10/2015 8:03:00 PM)


    ........beautiful imagery of the sun...great write ★ (Report) Reply

  • Mark Arvizu (12/11/2014 9:09:00 AM)


    The sun reminded me of something.... (Report) Reply

  • Yoam Rafael Sanfiel-reyes (5/24/2014 6:47:00 PM)


    this poem is telling us thsat the truth is like a bright sun (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2014 8:24:00 PM)


    OMG i love the rhyming! Such a deep meaning, a musical tone, and a clever composition! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/28/2014 2:40:00 AM)


    I like your poems so much (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2014 4:05:00 AM)


    To comment is easy but to make one beautiful poem like this is truly tough. It would be underestimating such a beautiful poems in words (at least I think so) . (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (1/5/2014 2:38:00 AM)


    Certainly a poet must be missing some loving passion. (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2013 9:31:00 AM)


    I could relate to this poem. He lost a loved one, most likely this is written about his wife, Virginia, who died of tuberculosis. This poem is lovely! (Report) Reply

  • (5/9/2013 10:47:00 PM)


    guide to where? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? /// (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2013 6:49:00 AM)


    I think he speaks of a lighthouse guiding him through the storm the lighthouse his lover of course who haunts him in his dreams the place where a lonely spirit roams an the day star the sun awakening him in the morning his joy departed. (Report) Reply

  • (11/16/2012 4:54:00 AM)


    I think the poets sorrow is felt even in his dream! A nice poem in rhyming scheme which touches the heart. (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2012 6:56:00 PM)


    I think this poem fully reflects on apple steak, covering every aspect of it. Superb work done, Poe. (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2012 12:43:00 PM)


    Kamran loves gay guys that look like poe (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2012 12:36:00 PM)


    helloo im tobi olwastin duane quawi strong- smalls (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2012 10:05:00 AM)


    to me it sucks i think he can do better (Report) Reply

  • (12/25/2011 1:38:00 AM)


    To me, it is a sad poem of one who dreams at night of past joy but by light of day neither sees nor foresees love. (Report) Reply

  • (11/29/2009 9:50:00 AM)


    ooohhh myyy goood....its excellent... (Report) Reply

    Darren Jkoeryo (7/27/2016 6:29:00 AM)

    ? ? ? Is this a comment.

  • (6/2/2009 11:22:00 PM)


    Poe reveals that he has been numbed by pain in his life-to the effect that he feels he is in a state between waking and sleeping ('waking dream of life and light hath left me broken hearted') .

    But it isn't just pain. There was something good in his past. He explains that in addition, he chooses to focus on whatever was good in the past (he later refers to this as 'that holy dream', 'lovely beam', 'light trembled from afar') . To the extent that he relegates his real life to the reality level of a dream ('What is not a dream by day') .

    He acknowledges this fixation on the past might just be a dim flicker of hope (light trembled from afar) for his current state (thro' storm and night) . But then, it is what cheered him (third stanza) -and more importantly, it is the only thing with him (lonely spirit guiding) -he concludes by asking what else might have possibly helped him more?

    The last line is a statement of hope, hiding a note of desperation (there is no help Poe can think of, other than his memories) .
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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