Dreams/Definition Essay

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03/01/2012 Dreams Hilda Doolittle said, "You don't even know what a dream is; how did it come? It didn't come, it was there" (1886-1961, “Dreams“.) Any sequence of images, thoughts or feelings going through the mind while sleeping, is called a dream, however; dreams do not only occur during sleep. Some of the best dreams will occur in the middle of the day, while you're wide awake. A simple thought that crosses your mind, or in conversations with others you may find a future dream. According to Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary, God has even frequently made use of dreams in communicating his will to men (Gen 28:12; 31:10; 31:24; 37:9-11; Judg 7; 1King 3:5.) Nearly everyone sets goals for themselves. As these goals are in progress…show more content…
Talk about a great way to get through the day! Unfortunately, this is most likely a pipe-dream. Pipe-dream is a slang word originally used to reference smoking opium and having fantastic hallucinations, according to The Chicago Daily Tribune (Dec 11, 1890.) "These infatuated people may be seen laughing and talking wildly under the effects of the first pipe", is what Robert Fortune says in his Three Years' Wanderings in Northern Provinces of China (1847.) Pipe-dream or not, it is these daydreams that get most of us through a boring or stressful day at work. As I was doing research for this paper, I was taken aback by the fact that in the early 1900's the word "dream' was not used in literature. It was replaced with "maeting swefn" which apparently means "sleeping vision" in Old English (1931). There was no “dream” with this sense in Old English. Instead, in Old English dream meant “joy, mirth, and also music.” I don't understand why a word as powerful as "dream" wouldn't be used in literature. Dreams are what life is made of. Our subconscious minds are always busy dreaming, while we sleep, work, and play. Even when our dreams are too good to be true, they keep us moving toward the next big
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