Dream Vision (also called dream allegory)

By hichem aibout Sunday, March 13, 2011 0 comments
Dream Vision (also called dream allegory) is a mode of narrative widely
employed by medieval poets: the narrator falls asleep, usually in a spring
landscape, and dreams the events he goes on to relate; often he is led by a
guide, human or animal, and the events which he dreams are at least in part
an allegory. A very influential medieval example is the thirteenth-century
French poem Roman de la Rose; the greatest of medieval poems, Dante's Divine
Comedy, is also a dream vision. In fourteenth-century England, it is the narrative
mode of the fine elegy The Pearl, of Langland's Piers Plowman, and of
Chaucer's The Book of the Duchess and The House of Fame. After the Middle
Ages the vogue of the dream allegory diminished, but it never died out, as
Bunyan's prose narrative The Pilgrim's Progress (1678) and Keats' verse narrative
The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream (1819) bear witness. Lewis Carroll's Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland (1865) is in the form of a dream vision, and James
Joyce's Finnegans Wake (1939) consists of an immense cosmic dream on the
part of an archetypal dreamer.
See C. S. Lewis, The Allegory of Love (1938); and Howard Rollin Patch, The
Other World according to Descriptions in Medieval Literature (1950, reprinted

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