Analysis of Dreams
Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872 (Dayton) – 1906
What dreams we have and how they fly
Like rosy clouds across the sky;
Of wealth, of fame, of sure success,
Of love that comes to cheer and bless;
And how they wither, how they fade,
The waning wealth, the jilting jade -
The fame that for a moment gleams,
Then flies forever, -dreams, ah -dreams!
O burning doubt and long regret
O tears with which our eyes are wet,
Heart-throbs, heart-aches, the glut of pain,
The somber cloud, the bitter rain,
You were not of those dreams - ah! well,
Your full fruition who can tell?
Wealth, fame, and love, ah! love that beams
Upon our souls, all dreams - ah! dreams.
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|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||8, 8|
|Letters per line (avg)||29|
|Words per line (avg)||7|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||228|
|Words per stanza (avg)||57|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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