Treasure Island

Robert Herrick

(1591-1674 / London / England)

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Dreams


Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.
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  • Stephen W (7/30/2014 5:51:00 AM)

    It seems quite straightforward to me. Why Straw et al want to stand it on it's head I don't know. Just contrariness, perhaps. Dreams are mostly a side-effect of internal housekeeping of the brain, to do with transferring memories from short-term to long-term storage etc. They don't usually make sense, though this is an over-simplification. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (7/30/2013 12:15:00 PM)

    But I think it not only in dreams, individualism shows us the rest of social compromise we are always in different world, we exist. Here in the poem dream is the word, limiting the perception...Otherwise the writing supplies oxygen to a reader of feeling poetry by heart.................................................... Pranab k c (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (7/30/2012 1:28:00 PM)

    As usual Pruchnicki mistakes my comment and ignores the fact that it was no more than a suggestion. Freudian psychology deals with the symbolic nature of dream - and symbols are indicative of a shared consciousness. When we are awake we are (especially in the West) always attempting to emphasise our individual uniqueness. When dreams take us over, we lose control of our consciousness, and, perhaps, engage with that deeper world which is common to us all. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (7/30/2012 8:10:00 AM)

    Absolutely. Well expressed reality. Reality which relates the nothingness.....Another perception of reality covers the universal truth which tell us with the use of....By Dreams....several worlds but revolving with an unseen attraction within each other and which is not dream...reality............. (Report) Reply

  • Chijioke Akujuobi (7/30/2012 4:16:00 AM)

    I guess it simply means, we dream in both daytime and nighttime. Daytime- during our siesta or short naps; nighttime during our REM 8hour sleep. Either way our dream differs based on our activities, emotional trips etc... thereby hurling each one of us into a several world. (Report) Reply

  • Faith Pfumbidza (7/30/2012 2:41:00 AM)

    very short poem but also very hard to understand or is it that im the only one who seems not to understand these few words (Report) Reply

  • Terence George Craddock (7/30/2010 11:40:00 PM)

    Robert Herrick is separating day and night into effect and cause, in this brief poem. He is stating that dreams, aspirations, goals, desires, decisions; made at night, hurl all of us, collective humanity, into the differing worlds our choices produce; as we apply them by day.
    He is also stating at the same time, that reflection and postmortem analysis, of decisions and actions of the day, produces the several world of other choices and possibilities not taken. The implications are genius in brevity. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (7/30/2010 4:43:00 AM)

    By day there is a, constant, reality of life. By night in dreams we loose that, constant, of reality of life and every days normal ways. (Report) Reply

  • Milica Franchi De Luri (7/30/2009 8:51:00 PM)

    This poem plays on my mind and frustrates me, similarly to when i think about the universe, how it can be endless and big beyond comprehension, but i will give my opinion on what i think it means; he is saying that by day we all go to our life and whatever it is we are doing, by night our dreams are reflection of our world, which is our daily life.......... (Report) Reply

  • Rudi De Beer (7/30/2009 1:36:00 PM)

    please help me understand this poem. it is simple, yet one must be complicated to understand, or its complicated and one must be simple to understand, or it could be simlpy complicated, yet with no irony. maybe if i read it right? does it mean that in our working day we are all caught in a reality in the same cercumstances and at night we are all set free to our own worlds? i dare comment on this great artists work though i'm a novice. guide me to perfection. i'm originally an artist of images but i'm trying words now (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (7/30/2009 7:56:00 AM)

    Let me get this straight, you guys (Straw & Psachos) : by day we assert whatever we are as individual human beings, and by night in the chaotic world of dreams we share the deepest things (?) ! Have I got that right? And then there's the rationality of the reality and its imaginary contradiction in dreams? But dreams do not constitute logical argument, do they? Dreams most likely belong to the right hemispere of the brain, which governs nonverbal behavior and allows us to think wordlessly, right? Artists learn to trust the right brain and its illogic, and politicians distort logic to mislead us, agree? Herrick was on to something before his time, like most creative artists! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (7/30/2009 5:32:00 AM)

    Or is it by day we assert our individuality, and by night find the deep things that we share? (Report) Reply

  • Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (7/30/2007 9:24:00 AM)

    Well, I've got to admit there's simple but quite accurate perfection in the rationality of the reality and the imaginary contradiction. Yet, a weak quote by a man who has done more. (Report) Reply

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