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
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Comments about A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

  • (4/17/2012 10:05:00 AM)


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

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  • (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

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  • (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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  • (5/27/2009 10:55:00 AM)


    Its a very interesting poem that describes a man who is in search of happiness and how does he get that happiness is also described in the poem. I think it is a poem mainly based on the poet that is Edgar Allan Poe because if you have read his biography who would firstly notice that his life was full of sorrow and disaster. I love this poem because it tells us that if there is sorrow in your heart you should not be afraid of anything, you should face that situation and come out with happin ess as your trophy. So, where there is a will there is a way. (Report) Reply

  • (2/8/2009 5:47:00 PM)


    he is my favorite poet and i write in the same style as he did I love this poem (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2008 4:43:00 PM)


    Edgar Allan Poe is the best poet in my opinion.May you rest in peace my friend. (Report) Reply

  • (8/10/2008 6:46:00 PM)


    Rest in peace Edgar, your sorrow be lifted at the mortal coils front. (Report) Reply

  • C. P. Sharma (6/4/2008 5:11:00 AM)


    Your poetic genius is undeniable. You are right. If we get clung to the past blues, the present and the future remain neglected and dark. We can see light and be successful in life onle if we learn lessons fron the past and act in the living present. I sum up as follows:

    We wander between night and day,
    At the other end there is a ray;
    Past might have gone wrong way,
    In the present you make hay.

    From the past you can take clues,
    You can overcome your blues,
    Turn your back to the past blues,
    Paint your future in colorful hues.
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  • (12/27/2007 9:21:00 PM)


    I agree with Bella.I love edger and all his poems.But the one i love most is the raven.That one leaves my speechless. (Report) Reply

  • (9/20/2007 5:44:00 PM)


    Edgar Allan Poe is an exquisite poet & writer. This poem proves my point. This man was an emotional & extremely educated man. I hate hearing people call him crazy or insane because some of his poems may be a little dreary, but in my opinion, Edgar Allan Poe is definately one of the most creative & greatest poets in history. Love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Marie Hyde (5/24/2007 1:09:00 PM)


    This poem is amazing. It always leaves me speechless. I have grown up on Edgar Allan Poe's work and find that many of them I like, but none of them make me feel the way that this one does. (Report) Reply

  • (2/7/2007 11:09:00 AM)


    Maybe he as he was a day dreamer or some kind of sleepwalker who lives in between two worlds...one real dark and painful world and one dark magical world creted by himself.I find no surprising he uses his extraordinary creation capability to make his hard life a little bit better.It was a gift for him to create a world we re we can submerge and scape ourselves from our ordinary lifes. (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2005 4:22:00 AM)


    Poor fellow, Edgar Allan Poe was melancholy in this poem and probably depressed. His subconscious dream probably took him back to the comfort of his family in infancy. Day dreaming, as he looked about him, though it seemed to be more encouraging, it didn't satisy his emotional needs. This is just a guess for the poem is a sad one. Elvira Davis (Report) Reply



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