Dreams, as reflections of the subconscious, seem to be an essential ingredient of Nerval’s and Keats’s poetry. The two poets show that poetry is an apt place to explore the blurred boundary and continuity between dream and reality. This idea seems to be in close relation with both poets’ search for identity and inner self. The female figure that, also, appears in many of the two poets’ poms is closely related with the poets’ obsession with dreams in which they seek to ward off depression and find proof for imagination. Nerval and Keats use poetry to understand their dreams and give them shape and meaning. They create mysterious worlds in their poems where dreams and reality are intermingled. In both Nerval and Keats, the significance of dream lies in the fact that it plays the role of a safe haven for the poet who is afraid of the unstable reality and identity. Both seem to seek refuge in dream where a stable identity and a permanent beauty may be found.
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 55)
S. Torkladani and P. Abbasi, "Dream: A Brief Comparative Study of Nerval and Keats", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 55, pp. 140-146, 2015