Tuesday, December 06, 2005


A Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe

In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed-
But 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

The poet sets a very calm and peaceful mood throughout this poem. The title of "Dreams" helps to enhance this effect making the poem fantastic and almost divine. Words like "dream", "holy", "light", "purely", and "star" bring out celestial ideas and referrences to the heavens. Not only the poem use "heavenly" words, the poem rhymes. This allows the reader to read the poem with a select rhythm and is carried steadily through the poem. This flow steadily paces the reader through the poem and allows them to feel the effect that the poet is trying to bring across. The rhyme and the diction work together to beautifully create this "dreamy" effect and enhance the poem's reading.


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