Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Dreams - Poem by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Topic(s) of this poem: dreams


Comments about Dreams by Langston Hughes

  • Vivek Kumar Vivek Kumar (4/25/2016 10:42:00 PM)

    what an imaginative and dreamful poem..! (Report) Reply

    8 person liked.
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  • Frank Blacharczyk Frank Blacharczyk (4/20/2016 8:48:00 PM)

    'Hold fast to dreams' may be all we have when life becomes sad and harsh (Report) Reply

  • Andru Longoria (4/20/2016 2:12:00 PM)

    I like it! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! :)) (Report) Reply

  • Tom Billsborough (4/18/2016 10:53:00 AM)

    short poem but so true. love it
    tom billsborough (Report) Reply

  • preeti kanungo (3/29/2016 11:11:00 AM)

    good one (Report) Reply

  • Catherine Munson (3/16/2016 5:07:00 PM)

    My fellow teacher, Lenny Thor Preyss, declared this his favorite poem. In remembrance~
    R.I.P.
    Hold fast to dreams
    3/14/2016 (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (3/2/2016 5:02:00 AM)

    Short but so nice (Report) Reply

  • Supratim Ghosh Dastidar (2/24/2016 9:16:00 AM)

    Short and sweet. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Dipietro (2/4/2016 6:38:00 PM)

    Got this in a fortune cookie (Report) Reply

  • Aabid Masroor Aabid Masroor (1/27/2016 1:11:00 AM)

    Nice words,indeed act upon your dreams. (Report) Reply

  • Chicken Finger (1/22/2016 2:07:00 AM)

    CHICK CHICK CHICKEN PETE :) Try bonelesz chickn finger toodai! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie Loppo Louie (1/21/2016 9:29:00 PM)

    Dreams are the back bone of life. (Report) Reply

    Chicken Finger (1/22/2016 2:06:00 AM)

    Chicken can has no backbone. Try bonlezs chick :)

  • Loppo Louie Loppo Louie (1/21/2016 9:28:00 PM)

    Dreams are the essence of life.. (Report) Reply

  • Karthik G (1/17/2016 10:09:00 PM)

    Can someone explain about the these lines:
    For when dreams go
    Life is a barren field
    Frozen with snow. (Report) Reply

  • Peyton Matson (1/3/2016 4:00:00 PM)

    What is the meaning of this poem? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? (Report) Reply

    Diana Revilla (4/17/2016 7:23:00 PM)

    Dreams dramatizes the conflict between one's dreams and loosing hope in them. Langston Hughes uses nature to portray the importance of dreams to drive us forward in life. For example, a broken-winged bird is one which has lost all hope of living to its full potential. A barren field has no purpose, much like a life with no dreams has no purpose. The lines directly after each simile (That cannot fly and frozen with snow)
    re-enforce how useless these things have become, which the speaker has already said. The redundance of this implies that the speaker is bitter about the concept of lost dreams, probably because he himself has lost hope in his dreams. The entire poem seems to be a lecture, so the speaker may be older and is giving advice he wishes he had been given at a younger age, which explains the melancholy tone.

    I am a student explicating this poem for practice before my timed poetry explication which is our entrance test to be allowed to take Honors English next year, so any critiques to the above would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Hope this helped anyone who is confused!

  • Peyton Matson (1/3/2016 3:59:00 PM)

    what is the meaning of the poem? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • David Cole David Cole (12/29/2015 12:46:00 PM)

    Wow! In this poem, L. Hughes makes case for the purpose of life via dreams so elegantly. Well done! Thank you! : -) (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (12/29/2015 11:45:00 AM)

    wonderful poem. Short poem with great ideas. (Report) Reply

  • Mariyam Reyshma Mariyam Reyshma (12/9/2015 12:57:00 PM)

    Short and sweet poem. (Report) Reply

  • Dinda Khairani Dinda Khairani (12/8/2015 1:01:00 PM)

    This is actually a short poem but still can give the readers your idea and explanation.
    Thanks for sharing a beautiful poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014


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