Dream Vision

Entertainment / Literature / Dream Vision: (Visio) A genre of poetry popular in the Middle Ages. By convention, a fictionalized version of the writer goes to sleep in a pleasant, natural springtime setting (May mornings being particularly popular). He has a dream that he relates to the reader. During the dream, he often encounters a mentor or spirit guide who takes him on a journey in which he encounters various historical or fictional figures engaged in allegorical activities. Through his interactions, the dreamer learns valuable spiritual, political, or intellectual truths and is transformed by the experience. One of the earliest literary works to influence the genre is Macrobius's (c. 400 CE) commentary on the Somnium Scipionis. Medieval examples from the continent include the Roman de la Rose (13th century), and Dante's Divine Comedy. Medieval examples from the British Isles include the Welsh Dream of Rhonabwy and English works such as Piers Plowman, Pearl, and Chaucer's The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame, and the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women. More recent versions include Bunyan's prose narrative called The Pilgrim's Progress, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, and L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz.

Other Words for Dream

Dream Noun Synonyms: imagine, fancy, conjure up, hallucinate
Dream Adjective Synonyms: reverie, day-dream, delusion, fantasy, hallucination, illusion, vision, mirage, pipedream, (flight of) fancy, speculation

Other Words for Vision

Vision Adjective Synonyms: far-sightedness, understanding, imagination, foresight, foresightedness, insight
Vision Noun Synonyms: eyesight, perception, sight


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