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Dreamland Analysis



Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 2625

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By a route obscure and lonely,

Haunted by ill angels only,

Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,

On a black throne reigns upright,

I have reached these lands but newly

From an ultimate dim Thule-

From a wild clime that lieth, sublime,

Out of SPACE- out of TIME.



Bottomless vales and boundless floods,

And chasms, and caves, and Titan woods,

With forms that no man can discover

For the tears that drip all over;

Mountains toppling evermore

Into seas without a shore;

Seas that restlessly aspire,

Surging, unto skies of fire;

Lakes that endlessly outspread

Their lone waters- lone and dead,-

Their still waters- still and chilly

With the snows of the lolling lily.



By the lakes that thus outspread

Their lone waters, lone and dead,-

Their sad waters, sad and chilly

With the snows of the lolling lily,-

By the mountains- near the river

Murmuring lowly, murmuring ever,-

By the grey woods,- by the swamp

Where the toad and the newt encamp-

By the dismal tarns and pools

Where dwell the Ghouls,-

By each spot the most unholy-

In each nook most melancholy-

There the traveller meets aghast

Sheeted Memories of the Past-

Shrouded forms that start and sigh

As they pass the wanderer by-

White-robed forms of friends long given,

In agony, to the Earth- and Heaven.



For the heart whose woes are legion

'Tis a peaceful, soothing region-

For the spirit that walks in shadow

'Tis- oh, 'tis an Eldorado!

But the traveller, travelling through it,

May not- dare not openly view it!

Never its mysteries are exposed

To the weak human eye unclosed;

So wills its King, who hath forbid

The uplifting of the fringed lid;

And thus the sad Soul that here passes

Beholds it but through darkened glasses.



By a route obscure and lonely,

Haunted by ill angels only,

Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,

On a black throne reigns upright,

I have wandered home but newly

From this ultimate dim Thule.








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poe belonged to satanic schools and he showed ghouls beast and even eidilion which is the symbol of satan the sense of this poetry is full of horror.he used dark romanticism like mystery , personification , sadness and sorrow another characteristic is duality which is clear in all of his poems..

| Posted on 2012-05-18 | by a guest


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I believe Edgar Allan Poe was a time traveler. This poem describes the ancient supercontinent Pangea. Before you shoot me down, hear out my info-
Some of you may be familiar with another of Poe\'s poems called Eldorado. the poem tells a tale of a knight on a quest to find the lost golden city of Eldorado. But he becomes an onld man and still hasn\'t found it when a \'Pilgrim Shadow\' comes upon him and says the Eldorado is nearer than he thinks. After reading the poem I realized that the word \'Eldorado\' \'Pangea\' and \'Edgar Allan Poe\' are all tied together with letter play- when you put the letters together in Eldorado and Pangea you get all the letters in Edgar Allan Poe, (save for an O and a D that isn\'t needed to make the word and an L that lacks from his name.) Do it right now, on paper. It\'s almost perfect, just the O, L, and D are outfitters, but they have personal meaning to me that would be impractical to describe in this text- you get the idea.
I believe Poe built (or founded) the lost Golden City of Eldorado, possibly to attract other time travelers to the spot. think about it. If you were a time traveler, the number one thing you\'d do is remain secret from the rest of the world. The only person a time traveler would truly fit with would be...another time traveler! But since all of them live in secret from humanity, the idea of a headquarters, a capitol, would be very sensible for time travelers. And what a better place than Pangea? Obviously, there were no humans there to force them into hiding. It would be very logical to Poe. And his poems (this one and Eldorado) is the roadmap for other time travelers to find.
When Poe died, he had been missing for several days. They found him raving in the street in clothes that didn\'t fit him and obviously weren\'t his own. He kept repeating the name \'Reynolds\'. He was carrying a cane that had a concealed sword inside, which kept mysteriously following him. Listen...I know this sounds mad, but there are too many facts...facts I can\'t describe But I know this is true. The more I read of his poems, the more evidence I find.
And incidentally...I\'m fourteen...

| Posted on 2012-03-19 | by a guest


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the symbolism in this poem is difficult to decipher, yes, and many are frustrated with it. However, i feel that Poe used an exemplary mixture of his own ideas of Death and mixed it with the symbolic uses of landforms, such as the impossible boundless flood. Seeing as it is impossible, it is used to describe what he is feeling: an emotion impossible to describe. Poe was a smart man and he knew what was and wasn\'t impossible and we cannot be naive enough to believe he did not have deeper context beyond the impossibilities.
**By the way, i am only 14 years old.

| Posted on 2012-02-21 | by a guest


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I am a woman. Lived too many lives in my 28 years. I have been writing my own poetry and essays since i was 16 years old. To all aspiring poets out there, give up now. Because no matter what you write or do in life someone else will do it better. However I\'m not telling you that you can\'t try. i found this poem through the indie film called Happiness Runs. watch it. it won\'t disappointe. I have no clue why i am alive. I feel half dead already. everything that happens to me seems to take pieces of my heart and destroy them so not even the most skilled mechanic can repair it. This may be it for me. I\'m in the darkest of rooms. I have had cancer 3 times and i have 1 kidney and a colostomy bag and i\'m completely incontinent. my hope is gone. when they took the top of both of my lungs out they left scars that literally look like my angel wings were cut off, i don\'t know why or who cut them. but i can\'t care anymore. Find gratitude in everything. even the shit that pisses you off and hurts you the most. the world forgetting by a world forgot.
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| Posted on 2011-10-30 | by a guest


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u guys have nothing better to do then to rite stupid things

| Posted on 2011-04-15 | by a guest


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this poem is very confusing and lame if you read it you must be stupid.

| Posted on 2011-04-06 | by a guest


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This work is about the struggle of one felt caught between living and dying. The narrator is either contemplating death, or is afraid of death, since as the work indicates...loved ones have died before him. I personally think he is contemplating it by the phrase \"one whose heart is filled with woes that are legion, find it a peaceful soothing region.\" He starts the poem saying he has arrived just newly from an ultimate dim Thule--a land distant from the known world. and he ends the work saying..I have just wondered home from an ultimate dim Thule... he is obviously struggling with recognition of either world being where he belongs. It is an brilliant piece by Poe..

| Posted on 2011-03-13 | by a guest


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ITS STUPID! DONT READ THE STUPID POEM; IT IS SOOO PATHETIC AND LAME

| Posted on 2011-03-10 | by a guest


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this poem is a sufisticated belief of a nightmare poem, it is a shocking poem.
for you 14 year olds... im 6 years old

| Posted on 2011-02-06 | by a guest


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this poem is a sufisticated belief of a nightmare.... im 6 years old...

| Posted on 2011-02-06 | by a guest


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I would have to agree with you all in saying this poem, as pertaining to a well liked theme of Poe\'s, is about the \"route\", if you will, that one\'s soul travels on the path to what seems to be interpreted as a Netherworld or a \"Hell\". I would have to agree with the first post (submitted 2005-11-23 by \"Approved Guest\") in that the last stanza indicates to the reader that the wandering soul has reached a place of sanctuary, as such a \"Heaven\".
\"I have wondered home but newly
From this ultimate dim Thule.\"
Even the title of this work suggests, however it may be not so forthrightly, that this world or realm is one of the mind and heart. This realm that the soul is traveling through is not necessarily a \"Dream-Land\" but is a world of the spirit of mind. I believe the the second-last submitted entry (on 2010-06-30 by \"a guest\") is right in suspecting that something indeed is intriguing about the fact that Poe has chosen to to use capitals at the beginnings of the words \"Space\" and \"Time\" and has written the world \"NIGHT\" all in capitals. As I am sure most of you know some of Poe\'s works are often attributed to be some of the first works of literature that gave birth, metaphorically, to the gene we refer to in thei present day as science-fiction or sci-fi. This is not saying that by emphasizing these words by use of capital letters Poe is trying to deliver some hidden message to th reader but it certainly is mystifying. I am very thankful for all those who have posted their analysis of this work of Poe\'s. It has been very helpful with my research. I hope people such as myself and others continue to share their views because it is interesting not only to read a poem but also to understand its meaning. It would also help me with my homework, as, like \"a guest\" who mentioned the issue of Poe\'s use of capital letters for the words \"Space\", \"Time\" and \"NIGHT\", I too am only a fourteen year- old.

| Posted on 2011-02-03 | by a guest


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when you die time stops and you only see darkness and your soul leaves this world

| Posted on 2010-11-26 | by a guest


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This isn't exactly an analysis, but I'm just putting it out there. It's been playing on my mind, is there a particular reason why NIGHT, SPACE & TIME are all capitalized? Is there a hidden message in this nobody has deciphered before? I've been trying to work it out but I cannot. Maybe some people who aren't 14-years-old will have a better knowledge than me, but just saying.

| Posted on 2010-06-30 | by a guest


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I believe this is an interpretation of what happens when someone dies. He believes they walk through a dream realm, seing the representation of death on its throne. Believing Hell to be a cold dark place where your innermost demons haunt you. It also I think represents descision that can lead you onto the path of light or dark, choosing to take the stormy sea's or the calm deep Valleys. Maybe it's saying that before death one must make a choice to atone, leading what was once dark and evil to paradise? Thus saying, "So wills its King, who hath forbid
The uplifting of the fringed lid;
And thus the sad Soul that here passes
Beholds it but through darkened glasses." he means that Death prevents us from seeing the doors of Heaven and Hell, so we hold our opinion through Baiased eyes. The soul in the end makes a decision to wander through lonely lands forever. Deciding to take neither path.

| Posted on 2010-05-04 | by a guest


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I believe this is an interpretation of what happens when someone dies. He believes they walk through a dream realm, seing the representation of death on its throne. Believing Hell to be a cold dark place where your innermost demons haunt you. It also I think represents descision that can lead you onto the path of light or dark, choosing to take the stormy sea's or the calm deep Valleys. Maybe it's saying that before death one must make a choice to atone, leading what was once dark and evil to paradise? Thus saying, "So wills its King, who hath forbid
The uplifting of the fringed lid;
And thus the sad Soul that here passes
Beholds it but through darkened glasses." he means that Death prevents us from seeing the doors of Heaven and Hell, so we hold our opinion through Baiased eyes. The soul in the end makes a decision to wander through lonely lands forever. Deciding to take neither path.

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest


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The way I think of this poem is that he's travelling through a nightmare. "By a route obscure and lonely, haunted by ill angels only" "I have reached these lands but newly," and he countinues, describing all the horrors of which he sees. "By the dismal tarns and pools where dwell the ghouls--" "In each nook most melancholy" And so the poem goes, at the end, I think, he wakes up from the horror. "I have wandered home but newly, from this ultimate dim Thule."

| Posted on 2009-11-10 | by a guest


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I dont see this as a poem about Heaven and Hell because when I think of hell, I think of demons and fire, this place is cold and chilly. When I think of heaven I think of light, this place is dark. I think this poem is about falling asleep and going to a place where he sees all bad things from his past - the death of his friends, regrets and bad decisions. 'Darkened glasses' like, dreams are rarely vivid, so you can never quite see them clearly. I dont think he actually sees the endless waters, high mountains, and bottemless caverns, I think they are a similie for the endless worng decisions he feels he has made. 'For the heart whos woes are legion, tis a peaceful soothing region' I think that means that only someone very, very depressed would find solace in this place, Dreamland - I think when he says 'Dream' he means 'Nightmare.'
-Lia

| Posted on 2009-09-21 | by a guest


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Dreamland is a straightforward description of the landscape of an opium nightmare - bottomless caverns, toppling mountains, skies of fire, dark, lonely waters. Probably written when Poe was in the grip of opium withdrawal.

| Posted on 2009-04-29 | by a guest


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The poem Dreamland by edgar allen poe, i feel, is a depression in which he has recently been broken up or destroed on the inside by "demons" which are in fact his decisions in which he must decide where he will go or in what direction. and the hell is the path he is walking down with all of the demons working against him turning him on to the wrong paths. then at the end it says "i have wandered home but newly from this ultimate dim thule" which could mean that he traveled back to his original home town or has died and is imagining that he is at his home town

| Posted on 2009-03-30 | by a guest


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This is a poem about depression, due to an accumulation of grief and bad memories. The dream-land can not deal with the depression directly, but offers escapism; the author dares not consciously deal with the memories in case it is too much for him.
Either that or it's just a poem about Iceland.

| Posted on 2009-01-31 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is about the two decisions you have to make, life and death.
I believe that the traveller can not see any of the mysteries in hell because of how they belong in heaven. meaning that hell and heaven will only reveal its mysteries if you belong there.

| Posted on 2008-12-06 | by a guest


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When I read DreamLand i get many ideas of what it is about...but i believe the main reason for this poem is to show how life can end suddenly and before you know it you are wandering through after life--and while you are wandering you can not make up your mind if this "land" is hell or heaven.since you see ill angels--demons it is known to represent evil--hell...the title makes you think it will be a land filled of good dreams and joy...but it is the complete opposite....it represents lonely and danger.... its telling you to be aware with caution throughout life.

| Posted on 2008-12-04 | by a guest


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I believe that the meaning of the poem is that in life there is many things you cannot understand or explain, but you have to work throught it all, wether it be good,bad or scary. In the end it will get better,wether you believe it or not.

| Posted on 2008-11-18 | by a guest


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4. The deeper meaning behind the poem is one’s struggle to understand the path between life and death. In the poem, Edgar Allan Poe displays a colorful story of traveler or more likely a wanderer, who ventures into a land full of mysteries. Amazed and shocked, the traveler comes upon many sights he cannot understand such as vast lakes full of death and still. Finally, he meets his past, his memories, and old friends dressed in white robes. The traveler sees this land with “darkened glasses;” he sees only mysteries that never unfold. He realizes this is no dreamland for an ordinary man, it is a utopia for the dead, or in other words for the spirits. For them it is a Golden City. The traveler has reached his destination, to reside peacefully in Heaven. The poet tries to depict a Dreamland of heaven. He shows the readers how to an ordinary man, the path to Heaven can seem so still and chilly. But as the man reaches his destination, or Heaven, he sees many ghosts of his past live in this dreamland as if it is an Eldorado. He realizes for them this is their utopia; a place to rest in peace. Edgar Allan Poe does an excellent job to show the society an understanding of the journey between life and death.

| Posted on 2008-11-16 | by a guest


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4. The deeper meaning behind the poem is one’s struggle to understand the path between life and death. In the poem, Edgar Allan Poe displays a colorful story of traveler or more likely a wanderer, who ventures into a land full of mysteries. Amazed and shocked, the traveler comes upon many sights he cannot understand such as vast lakes full of death and still. Finally, he meets his past, his memories, and old friends dressed in white robes. The traveler sees this land with “darkened glasses;” he sees only mysteries that never unfold. He realizes this is no dreamland for an ordinary man, it is a utopia for the dead, or in other words for the spirits. For them it is a Golden City. The traveler has reached his destination, to reside peacefully in Heaven. The poet tries to depict a Dreamland of heaven. He shows the readers how to an ordinary man, the path to Heaven can seem so still and chilly. But as the man reaches his destination, or Heaven, he sees many ghosts of his past live in this dreamland as if it is an Eldorado. He realizes for them this is their utopia; a place to rest in peace. Edgar Allan Poe does an excellent job to show the society an understanding of the journey between life and death.

| Posted on 2008-11-16 | by a guest


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i have a theory. i memorised the first stanza of this poem. "by route obscure and lonely". people always use the expression- 'he's going down the wrong path'. well i think poe used the word route almost in the same way. i think he is saying 'a lonley path' of which man kind can walk. as in he feels alone throught his walk in life. "haunted by ill angels only". ill angels could represent a certain type of spirit. demons. Demons live of the depressed and the lonely vibe we can create. its how they survive. Eidolon has several defintions. one of them is an evil spirit.... ive met her. i believe there is a darker and twisted story behind this poem

| Posted on 2008-10-30 | by a guest


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i agree with the idea of reincarnation. i think that the repetition of part of the first stanza in the last stanza is symbolic of a repetition of the life cycle. This repetition is saddening because the subject must go through this hell multiple times and go through the life cycle in order to reach peace and ultimately "behold" everything without the "darkened glasses" of the tainted soul.

| Posted on 2008-04-06 | by a guest


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"Dreamland" roughly resembles Dante's Inferno, Poe seems to descend into the depths of Hell through the nine circles of the Inferno, the "Lakes that endlessly outspread" with "lone waters-lone and dead" resemble the river that Dante and his guide Virgil have to cross to reach the gates of Hell, and as Dante descends deeper into the Inferno various souls are punished by torrential winds and snow, while others are forced to lie in the mud "the swamp" and eat their own excrement. the "Sheeted memories of the past-/ Shrouded forms that start and sigh/ As they pass the wanderer by" in The Inferno Dante encounters many souls that he was once aquainted with , and the "traveller, travelling through it" resembles that of Dante as he is just an observer of the torments of hell. The notion that the subject of the poem must descend through hell to ascend to heaven is ever present in "Dreamland" as it is in The Inferno.

| Posted on 2007-06-08 | by a guest


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This poem is talking about reincarnation! I researched it for months and never found anything that perfectly fit till I thought of reincarnation. The word Eidolon means an astral double being which can also be related to African words refering to reincarnation. If you don't understand check out this web site...http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/world/africa/af-rook2.htm... One thing I had been struggling with forever was the slight change of the last verse. Poe writes that he "arrives home but newly". It now makes sense that his soul is literally arriving to its new home, new body newly. The verses in between the first and last are describing the other world or soul world and the rules that must be followed. The rules that must be followed apply to souls that are to be reincarnated or passing through. Only souls that plan to stay and perhaps have reached nirvana may know its secrets. I guess its kind of like a steps to insight and knowledge. Only those who have died may see this after-life. Then only those who have reached nirvana may see all its secrets. Those who are alive are completely oblivious.
Hey if you're writing a paper on this, try to notice all the allusions to death. Lilies are placed at graves, the friends long given, and the forbidding of the fringed lid being opened (actually that may refer to insight or death b/c it's alluding to an eye).

| Posted on 2007-05-22 | by a guest


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This poem is interpretaded as te puragatory. the road to reach Heaven. We can see this because of the many ghosts and spirits that are written. How this traveller passes his friends of the past and this drak place to reach Heaven, to reach home. it is also said that for the heart whose woes are legion, tis a peaceful place, and for those who walks on shadow tis and el dorado.

those who had lived their lives in sadness will find here in the purgatory a place to rest to be in peace. and for those who had lived in shadow, in darkness, will be an el dorado and will stey there without continuing to Heaven.

The mysteries of the purgatory are forbided to the human, its only a thing of faith. of the catholic religion. we can not prove this, neither HEAVEN OR HELL. we are in some way blind with darkened glasses as the poem says.

At the end the traveller arrives to Heaven, because in the ńlast stanza( that its almost the same from the 1st one) it says he has wandered home but newly, he has reached his home and he has passes that horrible passage of the purgatry to be with God.

| Posted on 2005-11-23 | by Approved Guest




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