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The Land of Dreams by William Blake


"The Land of Dreams" is a poem written by William Blake. This poem is about a little boy having a dream about his mother. He held her hand and walked along a stream. The poem is written as if the boy's mother passed away and he is able to see her only now while he is asleep. Blake uses "Land of Dreams" as a way to discribe it as somewhere beautiful and as if it truly exists and isn't only something our minds create.

This poem is written as five stanzas with four lines in each. The rhyme scheme for this writing is AABB. The poem is written in iambic-tetrameter.


The Land of Dreams

Awake, awake my little Boy!
Thou wast thy Mother's only joy:
Why dost thou weep in thy gentle sleep?
Awake! thy Father does thee keep.

"O, what land is the Land of Dreams?
What are its mountains, and what are its streams?
O Father, I saw my Mother there,
Among the lillies by waters fair.

Among the lambs clothed in white
She walked with her Thomas in sweet delight.
I wept for joy, like a dove I mourn -
O when shall I return again?"

Dear child, I also by pleasant streams
Have wandered all night in the Land of Dreams;
But though calm and warm the waters wide,
I could not get to the other side.

"Father, O Father, what do we here,
In this land of unbelief and fear?
The Land of Dreams is better far
Above the light of the Morning Star."

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Dream, Mother, Father, Childhood, Life

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