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The Dream Called Life

Rating: 3.2

From the Spanish of Pedro Calderon de la Barca


A dream it was in which I found myself.
And you that hail me now, then hailed me king,
In a brave palace that was all my own,
Within, and all without it, mine; until,
Drunk with excess of majesty and pride,
Methought I towered so big and swelled so wide
That of myself I burst the glittering bubble

Which my ambition had about me blown,
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Mary Kennedy 09 November 2018

Beautiful poem... dreadful reading. She makes it sound like a grocery list.

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sheyara sandres 24 April 2018

what is the speaker objective

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Kumarmani Mahakul 05 March 2018

Beautiful poem having intensive depiction and nice diction.

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Joshua Adeyemi 05 March 2018

That there be nothing after to upbraid Dreamer or doer in the part he played; Whether tomorrow's dawn shall break the spell, A strong Moral. Joshua.

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Edward Kofi Louis 05 March 2018

In the dark tower! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Muzahidul Reza 05 March 2018

I burst the glittering bubble, excellently written using some wonderful imageries and similes

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 05 March 2018

How dreamwise human glories come and go; Whose momentary tenure not to break, Walking as one who knows he soon may wake, So fairly carry the full cup, so well Beautiful stanza, so nicely crafted. 10++++

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Glen Kappy 05 March 2018

I wonder about the translation, how well it gets the diction of the Spanish original. It does work in English, and I like this exploration of what we typically call reality and dream. I am particularly struck by the line, How dreamwise human glories come and go. -GK

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Anil Kumar Panda 05 March 2018

Very nice. Enjoyed the sincerity in the poem. Thanks for sharing.

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Ruta Mohapatra 05 March 2018

'But whether.......he soon may wake'......... liked the lines.

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