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Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Dreams


Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
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  • Rookie Awatif Aboubakar (4/20/2009 11:08:00 AM)

    The poem was amazing because it gives me some thing of hardness which means strength, intensity and beautiful in the same time.Faithfully, this poem is so admirable and marvelous and has a great and effective impact on the reader (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jordan Taylor (4/2/2009 8:30:00 AM)

    this poem is heart feeling with so much emotion which is great for a poem. Also it has a feeling of peace in it which is heart warming i love this poem and it means something most imortantly to those who have dreams :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samiha Ziane (3/13/2009 6:36:00 AM)

    I am also from the fans of this poem because it doesn't just let me dream, but it gives me plenty of energy and motivation to realize my dreams.Truly, this poem is very wonderful and tremondous and has a great impact upon its reader (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Houda Djouama (3/12/2009 4:51:00 AM)

    Simple but very nice and meaningful poem.Life can not be really life unless it is invaded by dreams which set me many steps forward on my path and offer me more hope for tomorrow. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Habiba Hamidat (3/10/2009 5:58:00 AM)

    Hi, dreams by 'Langston Hughes' in simple word is a fantastic poem, I like it so, because it is short but with deep meaning and great impact upon us. I think no one could stop dreaming, if do simply die, cause the dreams are the soul of our life, the sun of our days and... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elaine Vazques (3/9/2009 11:14:00 PM)

    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird
    That cannot fly.

    I think he is saying that without dreams life has no purpose or meaning just like a bird that can not fly someone without a dream cannot go anywhere they cannot fufill a purpose. I think he is just stateing his beliefe that dreams are an essiential in life.... its wonderful because its so much in so few words. =] (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yasmina Benzida (3/2/2009 11:16:00 AM)

    We need dreams in our life like a heart needs beats. And this poem urges me to keep dreaming. So, thanks to Langston for this poem and what make it GREAT is its length and deeeeep meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ghanem Boutheina (biskra University) (1/26/2009 2:08:00 PM)

    'Dreams' is a great poem in spite of its shortness. Hughes used the right blend of simplicity and depth. When you read it you feel that everything is possible with dreams. Personally, I think that living without dreaming is similar to murder an innocent person. So be a dreamer now it is not late, because in the depths of despair you have nothing except dreams, and no one can kill them since they are parts of us.
    Martin Luther King was a dreamer when he said: 'I have a dream' but his dream becomes a reality with the election of MR Obama. Achieving a dream is something possible if you trust God, yourself and work hardly. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bouabdallah Sabah (biskra University) (1/26/2009 1:35:00 PM)

    Peace be upon you

    Life is a non-stop battle and our dreams are the peaceful weapons we hold to triumph. I do believe that whenever I have a dream, no matter the encumbers that block my way, I'm sure, with God Providence, I'll defeat them and realize my dream. Because of that, I'm always blamed by my sister that I'm a 'dreamer' and seeing 'la vie en rose'. Going back to Hugues' poem, it definitely gives the reader a strong push forward to make his dreams come true. Brief poem, but it carries deep meanings. Hugues teaches rather than preaches: to hold on our dreams and Never Surrender. Because when our dreams perish our life never flourish
    Nice poem

    Here bellow is my personal modification for the 'Dreams' poem

    Hold fast to dreams
    Fro when dreams wither
    Life is a flying trees' leaves
    That can never be together
    Hold fast to dreams
    For when dreams go to hell
    Life has nothing to tell
    And it turns to be a squalid cell (prison) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ghouzli Nadia (1/21/2009 8:49:00 AM)

    I like very much this poem, I encourage dreaming because life without dreams are no thing.I think also that no person can achieve any thing without dreams.I advice people to dream because dreams are so beautiful and make a nice life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Karim Chelli (1/20/2009 3:10:00 PM)

    I think dreams are reflecting someone's character; because in your dreams you can realize who you are... But sometimes you're abiding by reality and finding yourself throwing your high hopes and setting your dreams aside... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dekali Amel (1/20/2009 1:55:00 PM)

    Hello every body. Let me say' wake up and dream' You may think it is a paradox. I think no, this is the new notion I understood from mr Hughes poem'DREAMS'. Let us together live with dreams. I am sure that deep down every one is convinced that is true. Do not give up hope in life, just go on. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samir Bourekkache (1/20/2009 9:35:00 AM)

    essalamu alaikom; Hello I'm Samir (Biskra University)
    this poem is really a very good image of the simplicity beauty. Since we don't pay for the dreams; let us dream. dreams can come true.the most important thing in the world began by a dream. dream and dream and dream when you finish dreaming so dream again :) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chérif Hichem (Biskra University) (1/20/2009 8:59:00 AM)

    Hello every body. I adored the initiation that the poet uses in quickening people to dream. It is like we shouldn't think about because it is unquestionably good.In fact I started dreaming about good things that may happen to me once arriving to line three ' Life is a barren field' Yes it is unfruitful because even if it is luxuriant, it is certainly originated and made of bad things whereas in dreams there is no bad and everything is excellent. I also appreciated the word 'fly' as to be the most emotional good thing that may take place. So we shouldn't hesitate whenever we have the opportunity to dream. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 183 Points Palas Kumar Ray (12/19/2008 2:06:00 AM)

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    True my dear poet. Your words are only truth.Let us always adhere to our Dreams let whatever comes in our way.Your poem transmits courage.
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    Beyond marks (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Milan Kaplan (11/14/2008 5:34:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem but reading some of the comments I feel obliged to add the following:
    This is not a poem about dreaming or dreamers - it is a poem about holding fast to one's dreams - which means that you never give them up, you try to put them into practise... and doing so you might find that your dream modifies a bit as you learn more about reality.

    In a nut shell: I don't think that this poems tells you to be a dreamer - i.e. somebody who lives two lives: boring reality and nightly eyeing the ceiling thinking one could be be if everything was different. Such dreamers lead a broken-winged life already. (Report) Reply

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