"A Dream"

Explore Edgar Allan Poe's "A Dream," where dreams and reality converge, offering solace in a harsh world. Discover truth's light in our lesson.

"A Dream"
We'll now read Edgar Allan Poe's poem "A Dream" (not to be confused with another poem of his, "A Dream Within a Dream"). In this poem, Poe compares the illusory solace of dreams to the harrowing clarity of reality.
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?
Poe treats dreams as a holy sanctuary brighter than "Truth's day-star." Dawn wakes and confronts the dreamer with the reality of their grief. This is an ode to "a lovely beam, A lonely spirit guiding."

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Edgar Allen Poe Collection