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

  • (12/19/2017 10:43:00 AM)

    I love the poem, but I got lost a stanza in. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/10/2017 9:44:00 AM)

    A lovely poem on dream (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/21/2017 4:12:00 AM)

    A dream is where imagination lives. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Hopkins (8/12/2017 6:42:00 AM)

    A truly lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/23/2016 10:14:00 AM)

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    the ups and downs of life can make us want the past (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2016 5:48:00 PM)

    Poe speaks of how he wishes to be actually in his past, but the truth is that it hurts him to woken up from this past and the love that faded from reality into memory; yet still, he looks upon the human now, and the then and puzzlingly asks if I had not known what aim was, or what pain was would I have ever known what love was, or how sweet it tasted. This, unfortunately for him, is Poe's lament! (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (10/27/2016 4:43:00 AM)

    A Dream
    Yes...reality in broad day light sometimes leaves us broken....but it's also true that we tend to dream of joy even in that dark life- 10 (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (10/27/2016 4:43:00 AM)

    A Dream
    Yes...reality in broad day light sometimes leaves us broken-hearted....but it's also true that we tend to dream of joy even in that dark life- 10 (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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