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Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 4096

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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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| Posted on 2017-06-25 | by a guest


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He is dreaming of some joy that now is gone.
But 'life and light' awake him and remind him that that joy is no longer real.
However he doesn't want to come to terms and considers life as a 'dream by day', while he is 'turned back upon the past' 'with a ray'. His eyes are 'cast', that is, dead for things around him.
However, that holy dream still comes and cheers him as 'a guiding spirit', amid a 'chiding' world.
Nevertheless, despite the mentiond beam / ray / light ray is trembled and is hard to see, in fact in the light of Truth it is that light that is only real and bright.

| Posted on 2015-01-12 | by a guest


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April 28, 2014_A comparison of what is real by day and what is dreamed at night. Joy departed is his night dreams and his reality is that he is broken hearted. He is walking in a dream during the day remembering the past which seems to have been a time of joy(ray).His day dream the remembering cheers him on while everyone is telling him something else. At night his dream is distant and trembling like it is fading but during the day truth is ever bright. I just enjoy reading the poem without worrying about what he was really meaning. The last line "In truth's day star?" truth' daystar should be bright to all who live. Sara

| Posted on 2014-04-28 | by a guest


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It's about his wife/cousin who he loved really much, but she passed away. In the end Poe drank himself to death.

| Posted on 2014-02-05 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2013-04-20 | by a guest


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I think its about a girl he loved who is dead.
Broken hearted sets the scene.
Its about dreams vs. daydreams, while the only joy he receives is from daydreams it also kinda kills him.
The writing between the lines to me suggests that while awake he sees her at every turn he realises its not her because it can never be her.
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| Posted on 2012-12-03 | by a guest


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This is a super confusing poem. I need to analyze it, but I don\'t even know where to start.

| Posted on 2012-11-23 | by a guest


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This is a super confusing poem. I need to analyze it, but I don\'t even know where to start.

| Posted on 2012-11-23 | by a guest


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i really do see the connection with Batman. This poem really is just an emphatic stimulated peace of writing. I think that This may have inspired Marvel comics. This poem is about how he loves reality and feels that dreams haunt him and bully him. Batman could also be based on Eggy Poe. Great poem...

| Posted on 2012-11-20 | by a guest


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what the poem tells me:
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:
-He loves a girl very much, but she left him.
he still thinks of her, dreams about her at night.
but every time he wakes up and sees the morninglight, he knows she isn\'t there anymore, she left him for someone else. He is brokenhearted.-
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:
-for him those dreams are something to hold on to. but no-one will ever understand. he still wants to hold on to her but the people around him wouldn\'t understand why, because she has left him and there is no hope for her to come back cause she fell in love with someone else-
That holy dream, that holy dream
while all the world were chiding
hath cheered me as a lovely beam
a lonely spirit guiding:
-he needs that dream, its the most important thing for him. he hears everyone around him telling bad things about the girl he loves. that she didn\'t deserve him,.... But he loves her, and he doesn\'t want to hear those things, so he goes back to his dream, cause they make him stay alive. they guide him trough life, reality is just to hard to handle for him.-
what though that light, thro storm and night
so thrembled from afar
what could there be more purely bright
in truth\'s day-star:
-the dream is his light, it guides him trought the hell he is living, throught the storm. But the dream is out of his reach. he do knows they will never be together and yet he keeps on dreaming that dream, cause it\'s such a beautiful dream. because it\'s the only thing he needs.-
that\'s just what the poem tells me. what do you think? let me know. I\'m not so good at English, so maybe I\'ve got it all wrong. please give me some feedback.
Thank you

| Posted on 2012-10-11 | by a guest


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He is talking about how dreams bring joy but light takes that joy away. Life brings troubles taken away by the dreamsphere. Truth\'s day star is the Sun and is seen as bad unlike in most stories.

| Posted on 2012-05-28 | by a guest


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i like Pokemon, because this poem here reminds me of it so much :)

| Posted on 2012-05-20 | by a guest


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The subject is everything is a dream and this holy dream of God\'s that fills your day dream with sun light can make you happy when your life is going bad

| Posted on 2012-03-15 | by a guest


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I was kidding about the Batman thing first of all so I know the difference between \"night\" and \"knight\", and second, my brain is in limbo so it can\'t come back to reality until someone gives me the kick (Inception humor). Anyway, the poem is about being disappointed with life and favoring sleep and dreams (which could be sleeping dreams or dreams as in \"hopes and dreams\"). He finds life unsatisfying, and prefers dreaming of a life he wish he had, but doesn\'t. But, it does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live (Harry Potter Humor). By the way, just because I included a lot of movie references doesn\'t mean I watch Movies all the time.

| Posted on 2011-06-05 | by a guest


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Batman? Honestly? Do you really believe that Edgar Allan Poe wrote a poem on dreaming about Batman?
Perhaps you need to review the meaning of the homophones \"night\" & \"knight\", once your brain has come back to reality.
My analysis of this poem reveals that he is looking back upon his youth with sadness; not because of any specific events, but simply because he is now old, can no longer enjoy the freedoms of youth, and there is nothing he can do about it.
First Stanza - At night (when asleep), he dreams of the joys of his youth, which is now gone; but when he wakes up (in the daytime), he is forced to face the cold, hard reality of his old age, and this makes him sad.
Second Stanza - However, there are some other old people who imagine/pretend that they are still young, convincing themselves of this by pretending that everything around them is still the way it used to be.
Third Stanza - How great it must be, to be that deluded (honestly believing that you\'re still young). Despite everyone around you telling you to \'wake up\' and face reality, the night time dream of youth is still a \'ray of light\' that brings him (the lonely spirit) some level of joy.
Fourth Stanza - ...and that wonderful memory of his youth seems like so long ago; so how is the reality of his old age any consolation to him?
So there you go. But that\'s the beauty of poetry, isn\'t it? That it can mean whatever you want it to....

| Posted on 2011-03-07 | by a guest


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The message below this one, which was my first translation/analysis, got completely screwed up, so I\'m rewriting it (This time more organized). Hopefully It won\'t get messed up again.
This is my translation from the original poem to modern-day english.
In dreams of the batman*
I have dreamed of my joy in the past.
But when I woke up, I was sad
Because it was just a dream.
Ah! What is a dream
To people who see
Things around him
and think about the past?
That dream that I had,
while all the world were chiding**,
Has made me happy
Like a spirit*** helping me
That dream
Came a long way.
What could be more true
When I think about it in the day?
Unless you haven\'t figured it out by now, I have no clue what this poem means. Sorry if you thought I knew what I was talking about...If you thought this made sense, then maybe I\'m some sort of secret genius. But I doubt it.
*The Dark knight is batman. I didn\'t actually mean batman. I was going to keep \"the dark night\" just the way it was.
**I wasn\'t sure at all what this line meant, so I left it the way it was
***Does \"spirit\" in this case mean alcohol? He might\'ve been fighting alcoholism in the time of his life when he wrote this.

| Posted on 2010-11-04 | by a guest


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This is my translation from the original poem to modern-day english.
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In visions of the dark night In dreams of the batman*
I have dreamed of joy departed- I have dreamed of my joy in the
But a waking dream of life and light past.
Hath left me broken-hearted. But when I woke up, I was sad
Because it was just a dream.
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Ah! what is not a dream by day Ah! What is a dream
To him whose eyes are cast To people who see
On things around him with a ray Things around him
Turned back upon the past? and think about the past?
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That holy dream- that holy dream, That dream that I had,
While all the world were chiding, (Not sure about this line),
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam Has made me happy
A lonely spirit guiding. Like a spirit** helping me
What though that light, thro\' storm and night,| That dream
So trembled from afar- | Came a long way.
What could there be more purely bright | What could be more true
In Truth\'s day-star? | When I think about it in the day?
Unless you haven\'t figured it out by now, I have no clue what this poem means. Sorry if you thought I knew what I was talking about...
*The Dark knight is batman
**Does \"spirit\" in this case mean alcohol? He might\'ve been fighting alcoholism in the time of his life when he wrote this.

| Posted on 2010-11-03 | by a guest


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for me this poem speaks of how the persona lives in a state of being awake and being a sleep because of the pain in his life. But he finds a flicker of hope in his past (that holy dream) which he tries to keep in his mind as a sort of safe house or protection from all his pain. He knows that grasping onto the passed is only a flicker of hope ('light trembled from afar') Although he may feel as though his obsession with the past is not the best it was the only thing keeping him going ('hath cheered me as a lovely beam') as well as potentially the only thing doing it ('a lonely spirit guiding')in the end i got the sense that he was saying there is nothing left to guide him but his past.

| Posted on 2010-05-27 | by a guest


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i think this poem expresses hes on top the world one second, falls down the next, and then tries to get back up again.this is an easy yet heart pounding dream...dreams express ourselves,and he was the first person to care so much about a simple dream,that he made it a masterpeice.TRUELY EPIC!!!!
love,
poem lover103

| Posted on 2010-04-21 | by a guest


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This would be the more grammatically correct may to make this poem, I believe. I wish they would put them on the site correctly.
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?

| Posted on 2010-02-16 | by a guest


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Are you kidding!?!?! this poem is not about love. its about a dream. duh!!

| Posted on 2010-01-20 | by a guest


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my interpretation to the poem:
In the poem, poe is distinguishing two kinds of dreams: day- dream and night- dream.Both are accompanied by unique descriptions; day-dream with light, life, holliness, happiness and guidance, as he says on the first verse "But (as opposed to a night-dream) a waking dream (a day-dream) of life and light/Hath left me broken-hearted"- a day -dream,as opposed to a night-dream is so good that poe compares its depart to the depart of one's lover- leaves him "broken-heared".
The night-dream is accompanied by death, sadness where "joy-departed", dark and lost.
The purpose of this comperison is to show the speaker has learned from some-what experience and now he has come with new conclusions in his song for the future. That's why the poem is written in the past. The speaker remembers dreams from his past, for example, his surprise call on the third verse "ah ! what is not a dream by day"or another example on the third verse "that holy dream-that holy dream" using the world "that" hints that the object is far from him, in this case "the dream".
The third verse leads me to my second point. Though through-out the whole poem, Poe is "praising" the day- it is most clear on the third verse and actually leads the readers to the main meaning and message of the poem. Saying "that holy dream" and repeat on it twice, showing the day dream as an imgine of a magical place one can run away to "while all the world were chiding",the day dream is the guidance of the speaker's life which apparently is not easing on him, it's the one that "hath cheered ma as a lovely beam/A lonely spirit guiding".
As I started to say before, the speaker's experience has taught him and got him to the conclusion that the day dream is his answer. The forth verse shows it brighly. Poe is suggesting that dreaming in the night is part of one's hard day-to-day life, the reality. It's the routine of life- you wake up, you eat, you work, you pee, you eat again, you come home, you shower and you go to bad and dream. Because escaping to the day dream from reality is the solution as far to the speaker, night-dreams are just not good and pure enough cause they are a part of the day-to-day routine and because of that, they can't be used as "a shelter from the storm",a shelter from life. On the other hand, a day-dream can- "what though that light, thro' storm and night". Poe choses to write these conclusions on the positive way, he refers to the adventages of a day-dream only and by that he eliminates the night-dream and emphasizes the importance of the day-dream.
The last verse is strongly focused on the praise of the da-dream. The truth is found in the "day-star" and it's "purely bright" and not in the stars of the night, when we usually dream our dreams.
"Day-star" is another form to day-dream and since the poem is abstract it is more than welcome to the logical thinking of the readers.
To conclude, Poe is so sure about his assumption about the day- dream that he even dares to use a rhetorical question by the end of the poem, asking so surley within the answer " What could there be more purely bright/ In Truth's day-star?"

| Posted on 2009-10-16 | by rog


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Okay, this is what I think it means. I think it means that he's happier asleep than he is awake. In the first lines, he speaks of waking up as a bad thing. Then, he goes on to say that it isn't a dream to those stuck in the past, and continues onto say that its the inspiration to hope to think of joys deprived. It has helped through the true darkness of actual life, despite others negativity of focusing on the past.
That's what I got, what do you think?

| Posted on 2009-06-18 | by a guest


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I'm not quite sure if my analysis is correct, but this is what I have so far in analyzing this poem, and I do hope someone responds and perhaps helps me a bit?
"A Dream" was a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe and published after his death in 1849. As a dark romantic writer, Poe is able to connect his emotions and feelings with his writings; thus writing this lyric poem. This poem is organized in a Shakespearean quatrain structure, which composes of four stanzas with four lines in each stanza. Poe uses a rhyme scheme: abab; cdcd; efef; agag and can be seen through his use of perfect rhymes. Tone, stylistic devices, and effects of sounds, meter, and rhyme are present in Poes poem, resulting the establishment of the theme of reality versus dream.
Poes usage of emotion plays with the readers imagination, and sets the mood suitable for the theme. He speaks of sorrow as though it is something that should be escaped from, and it is a common theme throughout the poem. Poe uses, A lonely spirit guiding 12 to find a clash of optimism through sadness, which corresponds with the theme of finding an escape when sadness is present. Furthermore, a prominent recurring theme is the way in which Poe illustrates his disappointment in waking up, expressing the contrast between reality and dreams, and his comprehension of the two separate worlds.
Poe uses this dream as an extended metaphor for dawn scenery, and proposes that in the darkness of night, there is still hope, as the sun will eventually rise. He ends with In Truths day-star 12, an allusion to the sun, to express that the sun has fully risen and how Truth brightens the skies and begins a new day. This creates the mood of hopefulness and corresponds to the theme of reality versus dream, because the sun is part of reality, however he uses sarcasm when asking What could there be more purely bright / In Truths Day Star 11, as though mocking the idea of Truth. This portrays an image of Poe using a grand idea of contrasting reality with an ideal utopian world through dreams.it follows a rhyme scheme of abab. It is about him being left and heart broken by his love. He talks about truth and stuff. He also uses allusions meaning he refers to religion like when he says holy dream-that holy dream. This is annoying.it follows a rhyme scheme of abab. It is about him being left and heart broken by his love. He talks about truth and stuff. He also uses allusions meaning he refers to religion like when he says holy dream-that holy dream. This is annoying.The poem is about a lost love. He had a dream about her and was broken hearted to find her gone when he woke up. In the second stanza he asks how if your always looking at the psat how is it that everything you look at now not a dream. The third stanza he is explaining how most people say paying attention to dreams is stupid. He believes that the dream was an angel helping him move forward by reminding him of the past. In the 4th stanza. Light represents the dream or angel. He says if it could reach him through the night and storm than it is even brighter and greater than the sun.ok, what's with the whole love thing? he says a joy departed, can it not be a referal to something in the past that was good for him, like when life was just good in general? he never mentions love in the poem, you are all just asumming! the first stanza is about a lost joy, the second about him being stuck in the moment, so even if he's in the here and now he cannot help but be in the past. in the third stanza he talks about this holy dream of joy guiding him. in the last he just glorifies it even more.

| Posted on 2009-06-10 | by a guest


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This poem is about a lost love. He had a dream about her and was broken hearted to find her gone when he woke up. In the second stanza he asks how if your always looking at the psat how is it that everything you look at now not a dream. The third stanza he is explaining how most people say paying attention to dreams is stupid. He believes that the dream was an angel helping him move forward by reminding him of the past. In the 4th stanza. Light represents the dream or angel. He says if it could reach him through the night and storm than it is even brighter and greater than the sun.

| Posted on 2009-06-10 | by a guest


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Poes life had influenced many of his writings. His life was specifically influenced by this poem because in the beginning poem he talks about being a dream leaving him heart broken. He is explaining to us how in reality dreaming left him broken hearted. He also explains in the poem how dreams comforted him from the real world. Poe always used to dream to help him get over his depression. In A Dream the last two stanzas say What could there be more purely bright, In Truths day star. In the he is referring to the Truth day star being the star. Poe is trying to explain that Truth brightens the skies and begins a new day. It also corresponds to the theme of reality versus a dream. In the poem and in the story he is trying to escape from reality in a good and bad way. I think that while he was writing this poem, he was depressed. Basically Edgar Allen Poes life was like a roller coaster.

| Posted on 2009-03-24 | by a guest


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I'm not quite sure if my analysis is correct, but this is what I have so far in analyzing this poem, and I do hope someone responds and perhaps helps me a bit?
"A Dream" was a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe and published after his death in 1849. As a dark romantic writer, Poe is able to connect his emotions and feelings with his writings; thus writing this lyric poem. This poem is organized in a Shakespearean quatrain structure, which composes of four stanzas with four lines in each stanza. Poe uses a rhyme scheme: abab; cdcd; efef; agag and can be seen through his use of perfect rhymes. Tone, stylistic devices, and effects of sounds, meter, and rhyme are present in Poes poem, resulting the establishment of the theme of reality versus dream.
Poes usage of emotion plays with the readers imagination, and sets the mood suitable for the theme. He speaks of sorrow as though it is something that should be escaped from, and it is a common theme throughout the poem. Poe uses, A lonely spirit guiding 12 to find a clash of optimism through sadness, which corresponds with the theme of finding an escape when sadness is present. Furthermore, a prominent recurring theme is the way in which Poe illustrates his disappointment in waking up, expressing the contrast between reality and dreams, and his comprehension of the two separate worlds.
Poe uses this dream as an extended metaphor for dawn scenery, and proposes that in the darkness of night, there is still hope, as the sun will eventually rise. He ends with In Truths day-star 12, an allusion to the sun, to express that the sun has fully risen and how Truth brightens the skies and begins a new day. This creates the mood of hopefulness and corresponds to the theme of reality versus dream, because the sun is part of reality, however he uses sarcasm when asking What could there be more purely bright / In Truths Day Star 11, as though mocking the idea of Truth. This portrays an image of Poe using a grand idea of contrasting reality with an ideal utopian world through dreams.

| Posted on 2008-11-23 | by a guest


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It is a good dream of the past when awoken he is thrown into the dark reality that he was only dreaming. His life is on a roller coaster of hardships. He feels very alone and is guided by rays of past and lights. These are the only things keeping him going.

| Posted on 2008-06-30 | by a guest


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In his dreams he dreams of being somber and a great lack of happiness, even in the day after he has escaped his terror in his dreams he remains miserable. Every time he looks into the past he slips back into a very deep depression. Despite all of the horrid acts that are falling upon him he has something holy, a light, which keeps him from throwing in the towel. He is showing us throughout this life he is constantly facing adversity but still makes it through the days.
Ryan S.

| Posted on 2008-06-11 | by a guest


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I am doing a response to lit on the poem right now and here is what I have So far: In Edgar Allen Poes poem, The Dream, he tells about how dreams can be an escape from reality in a good way and a bad way. I think Edgar Allen Poe was depressed when he wrote this poem. In the first two lines he says, In visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed, which means in a dream I have dreamed of joy leaving me, or being depressed.
In the third and fourth lines he tells about how in reality dreaming left him broken-hearted. In the second verse he talks about how dreams can be a comfort from the real world. He tells how turning back upon the past is not good and will only bring back the bad memories.
Heres my interpretation of the entire third stanza:
That holy dream- that holy dream: This line is telling us he had an amazing and fantastic dream. While all the world were chiding: this is saying that in his dream everything was perfect but in reality people were still doing bad things. Hath cheered me as a lovely beam, A lonely spirit guiding: I believe when he wrote these lines he was thinking of his dream as a guide through the harsh and bitter reality, Such as a beam shooting ahead of you to clear a path.
In the entire fourth stanza Edgar Allen Poe is trying to get the image across, that a dream is stronger than light, thro storm and night. Without a doubt Edgar was in a depressed mood when he wrote this poem. With the Rhythm of A B A B the poem turned out to be a good poem with a nice story line. In conclusion Poe was trying to say that dreams can be an escape from reality but can also bring back memories from the past.

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