Text: Charles W. Kent (notes) Robert A. Stewart (variants) (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to A Dream,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. VII: Poems (1902), pp. 153-154


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[page 153, continued:]

A DREAM.

Page 19.

1827 (without title); 1829, 1845; BROADWAY JOURNAL, II. 6.

Text, 1845.

In 1827 this poem occurs without title. [page 154:]

Variations of 1827 from the text.

Insert as first stanza the following:

A wilder’d being from my birth,

My spirit spurn’d control,

But now, abroad on the wide earth,

Where wanderest thou, my soul?

I. 2 dreamed (dream’d) II. 1 Ah! (And) 4 Turned (Turn’d) III. 3 cheered (cheer’d) 4 guiding. (:) IV. 1 though (tho’) 1 storm and (misty) 2 trembled from (dimly shone).

Variations of 1829 from the text.

I. 2 dreamed (dream’d) II. 1 Ah! (And) 4 Turned (Turn’d) III. 3 cheered (cheer’d) 4 guiding. (:) IV. 1 though (tho’) 4 star? (? —).

Broadway Journal shows no variations from the text.

EDITORS NOTE.

The waking dream of light and life has left him brokenhearted. Life is a dream to him who looks backward, but the dream has proved his guiding spirit, as bright as Truth’s day-star.

It is difficult to ascertain what these past joys were.

 


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Notes:

None.


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