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structure of A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

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Joseph Pavkovic

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of structure of A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

Content the speaker of the poem is the poet himself
Acting as if he was talking about his prior experience with a dream
Poet is referring to himself in the first person
no exact date on when speaker is speaking about his dream
imagery is very frequent in this poem
uses Elizabethan to enhance its eerie feeling towards his dream
The poem stays very consistent throughout it
The tension throughout the poem is that life is not how he expected it to be.
the poet is having an internal tension with life itself because he is not able to get the things he wants in life Form of Poem Is a Lyrical poem (short and simple rhyming poem that is used to express feelings)
There is no exact amount of syllables for each line (unlike Shakespearean sonnets)
rhyme Scheme of the poem is ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GHGH
The poem consists of four stanzas, each of them a Quatrain Analysis of:
A Dream By
Edgar Allan Poe 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? The word choice used by Edgar Allan Poe is something that would be used for a casual conversation in those times (1827)
uses iambic rhythm arrangement to make the words flow easier yet the syllables in each line do not follow a specific pattern.
they scatter from 6-9 in no particular order.
It can be said that poe's word choice was dark in this poem because of his feelings towards death and reality.
He also uses alliteration in the third and fifth lines to enhance the rhythm and musicality to make it easier for the reader to understand.
Language Cont'd What do You believe the theme is ? The poem was written in 1827
Many riots and battles occurred during that time, helping the ominous feeling stronger
The many fights in that year did not have any effect at all for the theme of the poem Language Throughout the poem, Edgar compares the real life and dreams, and their similarities and differences.
The idea that everything is not what it seems is a paradox in this poem because the poet may only be imagining what he believes, and in the true world it is opposite
The final two stanzas of the poem are a rhetorical question for it is not possible to answer, and is also used to prove the authors point
Theme The main idea of the poem a dream written by Edgar Allan Poe is that life is not a fairy tale and that it is not what he had expected it be. After being told all the lies about life, he has discovered that life is tough and not what he had expected at all.
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