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dream vision

noun
1.
a conventional device used in narrative verse, employed especially by medieval poets, that presents a story as told by one who falls asleep and dreams the events of the poem:
Dante's Divine Comedy exemplifies the dream vision in its most developed form.
Also called dream allegory.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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Encyclopedia Article for dream vision

allegorical tale presented in the narrative framework of a dream. Especially popular in the Middle Ages, the device made more acceptable the fantastic and sometimes bizarre world of personifications and symbolic objects characteristic of medieval allegory. Well-known examples of the dream allegory include the first part of Roman de la rose (13th century); Chaucer's Book of the Duchesse (1369/70); Pearl (late 14th century); Piers Plowman (c. 1362-c. 1387), attributed to William Langland; William Dunbar's The Thissil and the Rois and The Goldyn Targe (early 16th century); and Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (1678).

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