For what is it to dream?
Poe brilliantly uses these words as a comparison, both completely reliant upon the other; disastrous apart. Perhaps, a paradox of sorts.
To dream by day
Setting goals or reaching for a destination of hope while being completely aware in a fully conscious state.
One is in control, focused with their eyes upon their target. Detours may be expected but the course can be rerouted or adjusted.
To dream by night
The subconscious mind assembles images or thoughts that play out in a state of complete slumber.
You’re a backseat driver to a message that may play out jumbled or strange. These dreams are almost never literal they need to be interpreted differently and could steer people down the wrong path. Sometimes we don’t remember our dreams at all.
Edgar expresses the importance of daydreaming. The emphasis of hope hides within the text; for to set goals in life, gives us purpose. The two really do go hand in hand: to aspire that which shall strengthen one in a state of awareness; will in turn, provide dreams in sleep that will give you peace.
The word dream comes from middle to old English, which derives from Germanic, Dutch, Old Norse and more.
The middle-old English related dream to joy, pleasure, gladness, even music, to name a few; however Proto-Indo Europe relates dream to illusion something injurious, or even damaging.
Clearly our ancestors knew and understood, what Poe expresses.
These are the words that come to thought: “To dream blindly, is to run in darkness toward the unknown edges of consequence.”
Be at peace
Reach for your stars