"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"
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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?
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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