poet Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

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A Dream

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?

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Vanidia Kwamboka Ogega (10/19/2020 8:26:00 AM)

    It is only in our dreams that we have the freedom to be whoever we can not during the day.

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  • Sanjibsaha AniketaSanjibsaha Aniketa (12/13/2019 6:15:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem.I like it.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (11/5/2019 3:35:00 AM)

    as a guide
    a lonely spirit
    in the dream
    makes the lovely team ///

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/22/2019 12:55:00 PM)

    That holy dream- that holy dream,
    While all the world were chiding,
    Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
    A lonely spirit guiding. a very fine poem of Edgar Allan Poe. we studies his poems in the literature classes. tony

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  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (8/14/2019 1:28:00 PM)

    Poe describes well the life, the waking life as a nightmare.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/23/2019 11:37:00 AM)

    The dream and it's haunting spell as also day drams and disillusionment caused by them beautifully portrayed in this lovely poem that is a pleasure to read.

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/23/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    That holy dream- that holy dream,
    While all the world were chiding,

    great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (6/23/2019 2:21:00 AM)

    Such flow of words! It makes me want to read it again and again. One of my favourite poets! A deserving classical poem of the day!

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/23/2019 1:59:00 AM)

    Lovely poem about dreams, day-dreams and reality vis-a-vis spirituality in life.
    Thanks.

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  • tosha (11/20/2018 2:01:00 PM)

    this poem has such an airyness to it that allows me to breathe (mentally) so well

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  • vishnu (10/29/2018 9:08:00 PM)

    I love this poem

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  • Edgar Allan Poe (6/7/2018 12:43:00 PM)

    It was one of my better poems

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  • john o''sullivan (5/20/2018 5:03:00 AM)

    Bladerunner Remember when you were a child there was a spider? ........They're just implants Philip K. questioned the meaning of existence. This poem is perhaps an extension of Decartes philosophy I think therefore I am.

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  • bill gates (4/27/2018 12:35:00 PM)

    you dumb child u dumb and stupid

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  • Narayanan Kutty PozhathNarayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/24/2018 12:07:00 AM)

    Dreams are that which takes us all along. We dream to live and dream to progress. Appreciate your poem.

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (4/23/2018 4:39:00 PM)

    This is one of his brighter, less macabre poems.
    A refreshing change that I very much enjoyed!

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  • Chinonye AnyichieChinonye Anyichie (4/23/2018 2:10:00 PM)

    Great poem by Edgar. I have always been fascinated by his poems; something dark and eerie about them. Dreams takes us away from harsh reality but we must always come back to them.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/23/2018 1:10:00 PM)

    A lovely beam! !

    Facing the stream of life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (4/23/2018 12:40:00 PM)

    With deep feeling Edgar Allan Poe has written this poem of the pain he has of his love lost in the past! A nice poem to read!

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/23/2018 2:27:00 AM)

    Such a great write by the great Edgar Allan Poe👍👍👍

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