by Linda Pastan
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Morning in the Burned House
- Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood (born 1939) is an award winning Canadian poet, novelist, and literary critic. In “Morning in the Burned House,” Atwood paints a dream-like picture through her use of symbolism and metaphor, describing a speaker who imagines her childhood as a burned house.Pair “Morning in the Burned House” with “Dreams” and ask students to compare these two poems. How does each poem create a dreamlike atmosphere? How does each poem deal with grief and loss?
Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego
- CommonLit Staff
The famous psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the father of psychotherapy, is credited with the development of the idea of the subconscious: the deepest layer of the human mind, said to be the place where memories, wishes, fears, and dreams are stored. This famous theory, as explored in this text, posits that humans are controlled by their unconscious mind.Pair “Freud’s Theory of the Id, Ego, and Superego” with “Dreams” and ask students to apply Freud’s theories to the concept of dreaming and to Pastan’s poem. What influence have Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis had on popular culture, society, and art?
- Linda Pastan
In Linda Pastan’s poem “Accidents,” a woman loses her child and contemplates the nature of tragic accidents.Pair “Accidents” with “Dreams” and ask students to compare the imagery Pastan uses in both poems. How does mood develop and shift throughout both pieces? To what extent do recurring images have similar meanings in each piece?
A Dream Within a Dream
- Edgar Allan Poe
In "A Dream Within a Dream," the poet Edgar Allan Poe ponders whether or not everything in life is simply an illusion.Pair “A Dream Within a Dream” with “Dreams” and ask students to compare how the authors interpret the concept of dreaming in each poem. How do the tones differ between the poems? How are both speakers impacted by the absence of their lovers?