George Gordon Byron

(1788 - 1824 / London / England)

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The Dream


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Our life is twofold; Sleep hath its own world,
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  • Bob Dark (11/2/2009 8:20:00 AM)

    Its one of the best poems I've ever read. Its long only before you start reading it. When you do it's just a beautiful story that stage by stage unfolds a giant picture in your head and you just cant stop reading it once you are sucked into. Another beautiful thing about this poem is that already in the second part of the first stanza you get the general idea if the story being told, but you start imagining the details and as you read on, you have the pleasure to compare your predictions with author's. Myself at least, I enjoyned this poem very much. Besides its not that it doesnt rhyme at all. It does, it just takes it a couple of lines to get to the rhyme. (Report) Reply

  • Idy H (11/1/2009 10:30:00 PM)

    It's quite silly to dislike a poem because it doesn't rhyme; that's why I got into poetry; because i found out it doesnt HAVE to rhyme. mature, educated people can handle poems that arent like children's nursery rhyme songs. (Report) Reply

  • Herman Chiu (11/1/2009 2:53:00 PM)

    What a dream! I really like the way it is presented; sort of like an essay, with claims at the start and a character's understanding as an end to the dream. Then, a conclusion that leaves a lot of thought. Great flow of thought, and great poem!
    Note: lol - this poem isn't long! There are many ballads and love poems that are far, far longer.
    Take ancient stories for example, or what Mr. Ibrahim said. (Report) Reply

  • Sara S (11/1/2009 6:46:00 AM)

    yeah, a little too long... And it doesnt rhyme ;) i might read it if it rhymed (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (10/31/2009 6:22:00 AM)

    I have a great problem with 'philosophical' poems. No matter how excellent the poetic technique, to use it towards the advocacy of an abstract idea seems to me to use it for a secondary purpose. I admire such poetry, but cannot fully assent to it. The first level of poetry may trace the occurrence in the poet's mind of an abstract idea, but does not become that idea's exegesis. Narrative poetry is also of the second rank. The first rank of poetry shows what is happening in the poet's imagination, not in the reasoning faculty. In Donne's Holy Sonnets we see the imagination of the man grappling with the existential nature of his religion - his ideas are subordinate to that. There are fine things in this poem, but I cannot get past the claims in the first verse because I find them to be untrue. If you want philosophy or history or theology then go to those disciplines, not to poetry. Byron's rhetorical power is superb, but his theory leaves me cold. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (10/31/2009 2:24:00 AM)

    Free flowing language with full of developing ideas makes this poem richest in literature! Reading Lord Byron's poem gives great pleasure indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Omar Ibrahim (10/31/2009 1:53:00 AM)

    haha! ! ! ! it's not a long poem at all! ! then you didn't read for john keats...a poem for john keats may take 5 pages or more in a big book. (Report) Reply

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