The theme or analysis of the poem Dreams : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I would like to konw what the the theme is of the poem Dreams or a brief analysis.

-- Anonymous, March 06, 2002


Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “A Dream” was written in 1845 and was about escaping reality with dreams and not wanting to wake up and come back to reality. The poem is done in open form and has a rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH. The theme of the poem is inner conflict with ones self and their surroundings around them. The mood of the poem shows to be depressing because it is showing the pain of real life, how he must tolerate it, and shows the only way he could escape the dreadful fear of reality was through his dreams. The author uses literary and poetic devices to convey this theme. Some of the poetic devices seen throughout the poem are Assonance, Internal Rhyme, Similes, Rhetorical Questions, Imagery, Connotation, tone, allusion, and rhyme scheme. This poem was written to show how Poe never wanted to wake up from his inconceivable and exclusive fantasy dream worlds. These dreams he had were his way of escaping to his own utopia and he never wanted them to end because when he awoke from his dream state he would have to confront the misery of the world and its surroundings. Edgar Allen Poe expresses the concept of realism by a using a strong theme, a depressing mood, and by the elaborate use of figurative language. The theme of "A Dream" shows how Poe wishes he could live in his dreams forever as a result of the hardships he has experienced in life due to major changes that had occurred. The line, "But awaking dream of life and light have left me broken hearted" states that Poe wishes he could live in his dreams forever and not face reality. However, when he wakes up he is broken hearted that his dream is not his reality. "That holy dream, that holy dream," a quote from this poem shows how important he believes his dreams are.

-- Anonymous, June 12, 2002

"Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “A Dream” was written in 1845 "

Nope. 1827.


-- Anonymous, March 20, 2003

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