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.

Comments about Dreams by Langston Hughes

  • Rookie - 195 Points Mpho Tsakata (7/22/2015 12:17:00 AM)

    A very beautiful poem, without dreams we can't improve, life has no objective, its worse than entering a rugby field without practising or even have an idea what to do. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Farweez Imamudeen (7/21/2015 11:42:00 AM)

    I think that the poet is talking about two types of dreams.
    1. dreams that die thus never return to life again
    2.dreams that temporarily depart thus may come back
    when we let our dreams die for whatever reason it is as though we fall into despair like the broken winged bird who will be living but paralyzed and immobile. life then will lose its vigor and all the excitement. there won't be any purpose to life. days and years may pass while we lay there crippled for life.
    However when we let our dreams depart temporarily for whatever reason although we should have held onto it tightly despite the circumstances then it is not as bad as the first instance when we let our dreams die never to return. dreams that leave us will return someday as the earth that lays barren during winter only to spring back into life when spring returns. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,385 Points Dedan Onyango (7/10/2015 12:34:00 AM)

    Dreams propels one to reality. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 718 Points Briony Nicholls (7/9/2015 6:27:00 AM)

    This is such a sweet poem with such a far reaching ripple effect. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,944 Points Bharati Nayak (7/9/2015 3:01:00 AM)

    Only dreams can take us to our desired places. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 277 Points Gauri Sharma (6/26/2015 7:54:00 AM)

    the poet leaves a great impact on the readers and i think the poem has reality in encourages and everything is taken in a positive manner by the poet. its really really worth to be at #10 off 500 poems (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 500 Points Madhabi Banerjee (6/16/2015 1:52:00 PM)

    short but deep thought (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 80 Points Gaurangi Vyas (6/12/2015 7:09:00 AM)

    a short poem with so intensifying deep thoughts! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 60 Points Roger Roth (6/8/2015 4:51:00 PM)

    There are about 30 million people in the world today who have been forced out of their homes by political and religious strife. This is not how humans are meant to exist. A poet can exhort people to hold onto their dreams but, now there are 30 million whose dreams have been stolen by sociopaths. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 167 Points Khaoula Basty (6/2/2015 12:08:00 AM)

    Dreams balance our life with love and affection (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 692 Points Bakuli Bhakali (5/30/2015 6:20:00 PM)

    Wonderfully expressed within few words! Our hope and dreams keep us alive. We always live in dream of something better! They're our strength, our driving force that make us keep moving. They are as important to us wings to birds. The day we will lose it we will be paralysed... And our condition will be like the bird with no wings.
    Dreams make our life warm and fruitful. So, we should hold fast to our dreams. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 183 Points Ashek Sarker (5/25/2015 12:41:00 PM)

    so much said with so few words! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie keith denton (5/15/2015 10:51:00 AM)

    I like that poem because it said believe in your dreams no if it seems impossible. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,680 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/11/2015 3:12:00 PM)

    Wonderfully worded. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,731 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (5/3/2015 12:53:00 AM)

    I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 167 Points Aira Lopez (5/1/2015 5:36:00 AM)

    Just little words but have big meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Saraswathy Amma Mannayath Raman (4/2/2015 10:36:00 PM)

    nice and strong words with bit pain within (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 99 Points Anila Nair (3/28/2015 3:26:00 AM)

    How can i post my poem here? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 99 Points Anila Nair (3/28/2015 3:26:00 AM)

    How can I postmy poem here? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cassie Wang (2/3/2015 11:19:00 PM)

    Where can I find the video of the poem ? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, December 19, 2014

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