Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

A Dream Poem by Edgar Allan Poe


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?

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Freshman - 921 Points Mark Arvizu (12/11/2014 9:09:00 AM)

    The sun reminded me of something.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yoam Rafael Sanfiel-reyes (5/24/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    this poem is telling us thsat the truth is like a bright sun (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 169 Points Angelina Holmes (5/6/2014 8:24:00 PM)

    OMG i love the rhyming! Such a deep meaning, a musical tone, and a clever composition! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/28/2014 2:40:00 AM)

    I like your poems so much (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kuntak Saha (2/24/2014 4:05:00 AM)

    To comment is easy but to make one beautiful poem like this is truly tough. It would be underestimating such a beautiful poems in words (at least I think so) . (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,234 Points Ramesh Rai (1/5/2014 2:38:00 AM)

    Certainly a poet must be missing some loving passion. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ginger Caine (10/24/2013 9:31:00 AM)

    I could relate to this poem. He lost a loved one, most likely this is written about his wife, Virginia, who died of tuberculosis. This poem is lovely! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gogo Amin (5/9/2013 10:47:00 PM)

    guide to where? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? /// (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Jordan Black (4/2/2013 6:49:00 AM)

    I think he speaks of a lighthouse guiding him through the storm the lighthouse his lover of course who haunts him in his dreams the place where a lonely spirit roams an the day star the sun awakening him in the morning his joy departed. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 534 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (11/16/2012 4:54:00 AM)

    I think the poets sorrow is felt even in his dream! A nice poem in rhyming scheme which touches the heart. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (10/5/2012 5:33:00 PM)

    oh I am sure he was missing a long departed loved one.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Benjamin Pagnut (9/29/2012 6:56:00 PM)

    I think this poem fully reflects on apple steak, covering every aspect of it. Superb work done, Poe. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rectum Worms (5/23/2012 12:43:00 PM)

    Kamran loves gay guys that look like poe (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tobi- Olwastin Duane Quawi Strong- Smalls (5/23/2012 12:36:00 PM)

    helloo im tobi olwastin duane quawi strong- smalls (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hey Ly (4/17/2012 10:05:00 AM)

    to me it sucks i think he can do better (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bob Harris (12/25/2011 1:38:00 AM)

    To me, it is a sad poem of one who dreams at night of past joy but by light of day neither sees nor foresees love. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Riekairu Calo (11/29/2009 9:50:00 AM)

    ooohhh myyy goood....its excellent... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Narayana Santhanam (6/2/2009 11:22:00 PM)

    Poe reveals that he has been numbed by pain in his life-to the effect that he feels he is in a state between waking and sleeping ('waking dream of life and light hath left me broken hearted') .

    But it isn't just pain. There was something good in his past. He explains that in addition, he chooses to focus on whatever was good in the past (he later refers to this as 'that holy dream', 'lovely beam', 'light trembled from afar') . To the extent that he relegates his real life to the reality level of a dream ('What is not a dream by day') .

    He acknowledges this fixation on the past might just be a dim flicker of hope (light trembled from afar) for his current state (thro' storm and night) . But then, it is what cheered him (third stanza) -and more importantly, it is the only thing with him (lonely spirit guiding) -he concludes by asking what else might have possibly helped him more?

    The last line is a statement of hope, hiding a note of desperation (there is no help Poe can think of, other than his memories) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gaurav Gupta (5/27/2009 10:55:00 AM)

    Its a very interesting poem that describes a man who is in search of happiness and how does he get that happiness is also described in the poem. I think it is a poem mainly based on the poet that is Edgar Allan Poe because if you have read his biography who would firstly notice that his life was full of sorrow and disaster. I love this poem because it tells us that if there is sorrow in your heart you should not be afraid of anything, you should face that situation and come out with happin ess as your trophy. So, where there is a will there is a way. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bradley Little (2/8/2009 5:47:00 PM)

    he is my favorite poet and i write in the same style as he did I love this poem (Report) Reply

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