Dreamsare cheap and easy to acquire. For one night adventure into slumberand one gets a taste of what dreams are all about. Their expenditurecomes with the focus and motivation that one needs to have whenmaintaining the dream. The poem “Dreams” is a classic example ofa poem that has been written well, and its oration takes itslisteners into a world of “dreams” where they imagine and believebeyond limitations. The poet has brought out the two faces of dreamswhere at first he looks at dreams as hallucinations and fantasiesthat one wishes in their sleep and which never come to being. Theother side of dreams that the poet bring is the ambitions and goalsthat people have in life but points that it requires focus anddedication. Dreams acquired while asleep are useless and the reasonwhy most people never remember their dreams. In contrast ambitionsare the guidance to people lives in which with a little effort onegets to their aspirations. Personally, have experienced this in lifegiven as a child I used to admire my father’s precision in speakingand motivation. I aspired to horn such skills and today although amnot yet there my public speaking skills have grown excellently.
Thepoem is structured to have 25 short and long variated lines. As seenby Yehuda Amichai in his poem, the iambic beat has been used in thepoem to shorten the sentences that are in play (Tanemura p.1). Thesentences have been reduced by the poet to liken it with realspeaking and thus give life to the poem. The beat has beenstrengthened by the variation of stress in the sentences. Lineationhas worked well in the poem with variance in the length of thesentences. In usual practice, long sentences are focused on, andtherefore the poet has started with shorter sentences andincorporated the long one along the poem so that a reader will getinto the rhythm of the poem. The short sentences like “What aredreams” (“Mejia” Line 1) which are meant to be a question whichhas no question mark has been shortened to give stress to thequestion and introduce the reader immediately into the poem. Thewriter has repeatedly used questions in the poem to show what istroubling him. The many questions are used to bring the state ofconfusion in the writers’ mind where he does not know how todescribe a dream. The message in the poem is seen through the faileddreams and plans of the writer. What a reader gets from the poem isthat the writer had aspirations that were not achieved and there thereason for the simile, like ants in the path of an angry crowd. Thissimile has been used to show the imagery of a crushed “dream” andfailed target for the writer. The poet also goes on to compare dreamswith fired clay and wet cement which “simply fall away”(“Mejia”Lines 7-9). The choice of words shows the despondence ofthe writer and the lost hope or rather the little faith in theachievement of the dreams.
Further,read the poem, demonstrates the state of confusion that the writer isin. This is from the sentences in which at first he looks despairedbut at this point,” what are my dreams as aspirations?Inspirations” (“Mejia” Lines 15-16). This shows that the poetbelieves in the message of dreams but needs to get assurances fromother people and thus consults. Consultation is seen by reference toI am asking about yours too. In this statement, the poet does want toget assurances that what he is feeling is synonymous to other peopleand if they still believe in the dreams. The poet wants assurances sothat he knows if he is just dreaming or if he will achieve hisaspirations. That consultation question has been brought into thepoem to draw the reader into the poem and to make them rethink abouttheir goals and their life. The poets’ experiences` are true inreal life given the extent that people strive hard but never realizetheir goals. This makes them question their dreams and aspirations.The real picture is seen in “a dream but none too much?” (“Mejia”Line 25). This is what people experience in everyday life where theyquestion the ambiguity of the aspirations they have. For the writer,he has concluded with the question and therefore has thrown the ballback to the reader to ponder and to question themselves about theiraspirations and plans.
Inthe end, the poem is about personal experiences and how people feelin their daily venture. The writer asks “Or do they show me what Ican’t have” to explain the feeling that comes with havingaspirations and never achieving them (“Mejia” Lines 13,14).That’sthe reason for the many questions given that when it comes to dreamsand life’s expectations, it is always about questioning ourselvesand self-doubt. As seen in the poem, people need assurances on adaily basis for them to keep dreaming and the poem provided anexcellent platform for regular reminisce of one`s targets. The poemis a wonderful piece that has produced good rhythm with it iambicbeat. This can be seen actually with excellent oration to an audiencewhere the questions n the poem will be mind boggling to the listenersbut not to take a lot from it excellence also as a good piece ofreading.
Mejia,Matthew. The Feel. California: Double Bridge Publishing, 2015.
Tanemura,Kenny. "Poetry in Writing Courses." OWL (2010): 1-4.
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