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

  • (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

  • (6/7/2018 12:43:00 PM)

    It was one of my better poems (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (4/27/2018 12:35:00 PM)

    you dumb child u dumb and stupid (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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!
    (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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.
    (Report) Reply

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • (4/23/2018 1:12:00 AM)

    is this one about birds? (Report) Reply

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

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

  • (12/19/2017 10:43:00 AM)

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

  • (11/10/2017 9:44:00 AM)

    A lovely poem on dream (Report) Reply

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

    A truly lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/23/2016 10:14:00 AM)

    tom allport
    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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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