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

  • (6/23/2019 11:37:00 AM)

    The dream and it's haunting spell as also day drams and disillusionment caused by them beautifully portrayed in this lovely poem that is a pleasure to read. (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (6/23/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    That holy dream- that holy dream,
    While all the world were chiding,

    great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • Ruta Mohapatra (6/23/2019 2:21:00 AM)

    Such flow of words! It makes me want to read it again and again. One of my favourite poets! A deserving classical poem of the day! (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (6/23/2019 1:59:00 AM)

    Lovely poem about dreams, day-dreams and reality vis-a-vis spirituality in life.
    Thanks.
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  • (11/20/2018 2:01:00 PM)

    this poem has such an airyness to it that allows me to breathe (mentally) so well (Report)Reply

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  • (10/29/2018 9:08:00 PM)

    I love this poem (Report)Reply

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  • (6/7/2018 12:43:00 PM)

    It was one of my better poems (Report)Reply

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  • (5/20/2018 5:03:00 AM)

    Bladerunner Remember when you were a child there was a spider? ........They're just implants Philip K. questioned the meaning of existence. This poem is perhaps an extension of Decartes philosophy I think therefore I am. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/27/2018 12:35:00 PM)

    you dumb child u dumb and stupid (Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/24/2018 12:07:00 AM)

    Dreams are that which takes us all along. We dream to live and dream to progress. Appreciate your poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Practicing Poetess (4/23/2018 4:39:00 PM)

    This is one of his brighter, less macabre poems.
    A refreshing change that I very much enjoyed!
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  • Chinonye Anyichie (4/23/2018 2:10:00 PM)

    Great poem by Edgar. I have always been fascinated by his poems; something dark and eerie about them. Dreams takes us away from harsh reality but we must always come back to them. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/23/2018 1:10:00 PM)

    A lovely beam! !

    Facing the stream of life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Ramesh T A (4/23/2018 12:40:00 PM)

    With deep feeling Edgar Allan Poe has written this poem of the pain he has of his love lost in the past! A nice poem to read! (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/23/2018 2:27:00 AM)

    Such a great write by the great Edgar Allan Poe👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray Smith (4/23/2018 1:50:00 AM)

    To cast a dream in the light of day has more immediacy and reality. A fine poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/23/2018 1:12:00 AM)

    is this one about birds? (Report)Reply

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  • Justus Cyril E (3/29/2018 9:53:00 AM)

    Dreams... TREASURES in mirror tangible to behold (Report)Reply

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  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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