At a glance:
- Author: Louis Simpson
- First Published: 1957
- Type of Poem: Lyric
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry
- Subjects: Mythology or myths, Dreams, Kings, queens, or royalty, Government, Knights or knighthood, Fairy tales
“A Dream of Governors” is the title poem of a five-part collection of twenty-nine poems. This lyric poem is divided into five stanzas, each composed of eight lines. An epigraph borrowed from poet Mark Van Doren provides the source for the poem’s title: “The deepest dream is of mad governors.” The repetitive use of “dream” in the title and the epigraph suggests a common human experience and a basic framework for the poem. Thus the events occur in a dreamworld in which deeply hidden and subjective thoughts, experiences, wishes, and inner truths surface...
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