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THE ENGLISH SCHOOL MA GA ZINE 2022                                                                                     THE ENGLISH SCHOOL MA GA ZINE 2022

              Andriana Georgia Papacosta 4B

                                                                              And there are those that seem to come of their
                                                                            own bidding, welcome or not, in our unconscious
                                                                            state. Sleep brings all those imaginings and fears
                                                                            caught through the dredge net which has
                                                                            trammelled through our daily existence- those
                                                                            dreams which express our deep uncensored
                                                                            longings or bring our inexpressible fears into
                                                                            nerve-wracking 3-D reality. Dreams can entertain,
                                                                            inspire, embarrass, shock, or sound a warning
                                                                            which makes us reflect on the decisions we make.
                                                                            Sometimes, depending on how far they take us on
                                                                            our personal narrative, they steer us away from
                                                                            ill-advised ambitions or fantasies as they play out
                                                                            the negative consequences in our imagination,
                                                                            before they play out in real life. Or certain plot
                                                                            lines and symbolisms recur as monikers to remind
                                                                            us about what needs fixing in our lives, those
                                                                            crucial aspects of mental and emotional health
                                                                            maintenance which so often we neglect in daily
                                                                            pursuit of routine task completion- what we think
                                                                            is most important in our study or work lives.
                                                                              One thing is certain and that is that as humans,
                                                                            dreams are an essential part of our being.
                                                                            Sometimes the strength of positive dreams are
                                                                            essentially all we have to offer those we love, and
                                                                            perhaps, because they come from deep within our
                                                                            psyche, and expose our vulnerability, they are the
                                                                            greatest gift. The renowned Irish poet W.B. Yeats
                                                                            explored this theme in his famous poem ‘He
                                                                            Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ in his 1899 third
                                                                            volume of poems, ‘The Wind Among the Reeds.’
                                                                            Originally entitled ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of
                                                                            Heaven’, with Aedh being the romantic but
                                                                            melancholic knight-like speaker of the poem, it was
                                                                            a love poem for Yeats’ muse Maud Gonne, a
                                                                            woman whom Yeats wooed for many years but
                                                                            never married. The speaker laments his lack of
                                                                            heavenly cloths to lay as homage under his lover’s
                                                                            feet, and begs her to respect the dreams he
                                                                            humbly offers her instead:
                                                                            He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
                                                                            Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
                                                                            Enwrought with golden and silver light,
                                                                            The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
                                                                            Of night and light and the half-light,
                                                                            I would spread the cloths under your feet:
         reflections  Ursula Pantelides                                      Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
                                                                            But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
                                                                            I have spread my dreams under your feet;
                                                                            W B Yeats
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                                                                              The poem and its notion of unrequited love has
                                                                            captured the imagination of many subsequent
               WE ALL HAVE
                                                                            writers, poets, artists and filmmakers. For example
                                                                            the poem in David Jones’ 1987 film 84 Charing
                                                                            Cross Road. It has also inspired many songs such as
     06       DREAMS…                                                       watch out for Anthony Hopkins’ brilliant reading of
                                                                            The Cranberries’ ‘Delilah’ and is a recurrent
                                                                            metaphor in William Nicholson’s 2009 novel, ‘The
                                                                              Unfortunately, we are not all able to realise our
              Dreams are weird and wonderful things. There                  Secret Intensity of Everyday Life’.
                                                                            conscious dreams, due to our lack of skill,
              are those we create, or think we create, from                 understanding or opportunity. Sometimes, like
              our conscious ambitions and fantasies. These we               Aedh, the reality of life just takes us in a different
                                                                            direction. However, that doesn’t mean we have to
              feed from moment to moment, to drive us to                    stop trying to achieve our goals, particularly when
                                                                            they are genuinely altruistic. And it doesn’t stop us
              our personal goals or entertain ourselves with                respecting, supporting and enabling others’
              the endless fanciful possibilities of ‘what if’ wish          dreams, in whatever way we can, especially when
                                                                            they aim at justice and harmony in the world- that
              fulfillment.                                                   driving force which makes us all truly human.
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