How Do I Love Thee and A Dream

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Since the beginning of language, poetry has a role in the recollection of memories, emotions, and creativity. From the oldest surviving poem: Tale of the ship wrecked salor, by Hiratic, to todays poems; poetry has been a staple in the literary world. It is vital language because it is a literary vehicle that takes us on a ride of emotions. Poetry according to William Wordsworth should be, “The spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.” Poems such as A Dream, by Edgar Allan Poe, and How do I love thee, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, are perfect examples of good poetry, they have very different views of the same subject, which give a powerful effect on the reader. The poem, How do I love thee, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, is about…show more content…
Poe’s intention was to show how a dream may be the only thing you have, but it is only a lie. Another example is “Ah! what is not a dream by day,To him whose eyes are cast… Hath cheered me as a lovely beam”. He is confused about having such a dream when his life is bad. He writes the poem in his point of view, he does this through the use of the language. This poem talks about the motivation, anxiety, and hope you get when dreaming, but wake up knowing it was never true. The three verses “That holy dream- that holy dream, While all the world were chiding, Hath cheered me as a lovely beam” indirectly shows the importance of a dream in man, how it can give a person freedom from what he is suffering. On the other hand, “What could there be more purely bright, In Truth’s day-star?” also indicates that every man must be capable of facing the reality and keep on going such as the dream is only a truth that will never be true. Never be crushed by your dreams is the main purpose of the poem.The title “A Dream” can give a sarcastic tone indirectly showing the very little importance a dream is. But can give an opposite tone to the poem such as a glimpse of hope. Depending on the reader, the poem can give diverse emotions. Edgar Allan Poe uses many literary devices in his poem “A Dream”, and uses them to increase the quality of his poem and make it be more lively. Poe applies the literary device of imagery by using the terms day and night, since light and dark bring a
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