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A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe


This lyric poem titled "A Dream" was first published in 1827 without a title. It wasn't until its addition into Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minore Poems did it receive the title "A Dream" by Poe. This writing speaks about how nothing awake can be as good as what we experience while asleep.

This is one of Poe's shorter poems about dreams. It contains five stanzas; however, each of these are only made up of four lines. Each contains the rhyme scheme of ABAB.


A Dream

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?

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Lyric, Dream, Life

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