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I Dream Of You To Wake - Poem Analysis

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Analysis of the Poem "I Dream Of You To Wake" by Christina Rosetti

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I Dream Of You To Wake - Poem Analysis

  1. 1. I Dream of You, to Wake Tota Lupi, Chopa Montoya, Fran Costamagna & Alina Claps
  2. 2. Christina Rossetti She was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is famous for writing Goblin Market and "Remember". She was inspired by artists like Dante Alighieri and Petrarch.
  3. 3. When she was 14, Rossetti suffered a nervous breakdown and left school. Bouts of depression and related illness followed. Toughest years for Rossetti´s family were during the 1840´s. During this period she, her mother, and her sister became deeply interested in the Anglo- Catholic movement that developed in the Church of England. Religious devotion came to play a major role in Rossetti's life.
  4. 4. I Dream of You... I dream of you, to wake: would that I might Dream of you and not wake but slumber on; Nor find with dreams the dear companion gone, As, Summer ended, Summer birds take flight. In happy dreams I hold you full in night. I blush again who waking look so wan; Brighter than sunniest day that ever shone, In happy dreams your smile makes day of night. Thus only in a dream we are at one, Thus only in a dream we give and take The faith that maketh rich who take or give; If thus to sleep is sweeter than to wake, To die were surely sweeter than to live, Though there be nothing new beneath the sun. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
  5. 5. ● Not an actual dream OR product of our conscience when we sleep ● Is the hope, of being with the man that she loves, as pairs, friends, equals. ● Is not possible ● Is not only because the society she lives in ● Is because the relationship is complicated itself. The title
  6. 6. Analysis I dream of you, to wake: would that I might Dream of you and not wake but slumber on; Nor find with dreams the dear companion gone, As, Summer ended, Summer birds take flight. Although she frames it as a dream that has just popped into her head at night, she is really representing her deepest desire. Our dreams are the things that drive us and make us move forward. The poem is an expression of feelings that the writer wants to say. It’s the truth of what is going on in her heart, and she wants her man to know. She represents her dreams as ‘Summer birds’ and wishes to find a sleep where she does not have to face the prospect of ‘Summer ended’.
  7. 7. Here we have a contrast of what the day and the night, when she dreams, are for the writer. Her days are dark, she feels sad and lonely. But in her dreams she feels happy and joyful. Her dreams ‘make day of night’, they are better than ever she thought reality could be . In happy dreams I hold you full in night. I blush again who waking look so wan; Brighter than sunniest day that ever shone, In happy dreams your smile makes day of night.
  8. 8. Thus only in a dream we are at one, Thus only in a dream we give and take The faith that maketh rich who take or give; If thus to sleep is sweeter than to wake, To die were surely sweeter than to live, Though there be nothing new beneath the sun. Only when she is dreaming, she feels one with her partner. They are truly connected, equals. All she wants is to marry the man she loves. But she does not. That is why she welcomes death like sleep, where she truly feels happier. The third line, when we marry, we have faith in someone, we are deeply in love, and we take and give everything from and to that person.
  9. 9. Literary DevicesRepetition: The word “dream(s)” is repeated 7 times in the poem. Metaphor: “In happy dreams your smiles makes the day of night” Imaginary: “as, summer ended, summer birds take flight” “Brighter than sunniest day that ever shone” “In happy dreams your smile makes day of night.” Anaphora: Thus only in a dream we are at one, Thus only in a dream we give and take Tone: Straightforward, admiring, wistful, reflective, nostalgic Mood: Dreamy, romantic Theme: Love
  10. 10. Song The song we chose is called “What If” by Colbie Caillat and is about the hopes a girl has over a possible relationship with a boy. She dreams of what they could have and be just like the author tries to transmit in her poem. Here is the link to the lyrics of the song.
  11. 11. Activity for the class What is the theme of the poem? Which word is repeated several times throughout the poem? From where does the writer take inspiration to write it? Is it about herself? Which topics does the poet tackles in her writings? Which writers does she takes inspiration from?

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