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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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  • Butter Scotch (5/10/2008 10:45:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poems ive read so far the best two are Dreams, and Cross very nice poems even though I dont like to read I would sit down and read one or two langston hughes poems because they are great. If you have lived till this day I would try anything to get some of your best poems and get it signed by you. Again thanks you taught me the meaning of reading poems. They give emotional feelings which im so greatful in! (Report) Reply

  • Dekali Asma (4/24/2008 7:29:00 AM)

    I really appreciate this poem. It enthralled me with its simple words that carry an amazing meaning. It is like a piece of advice. Whenever I read it a strong energy and motivation invade me. Come on! dream. Dreams are neither expensive nor cheap; they cost nothing. Dream! and when your dream becomes true you will fly in the happiness' air and sink in the pleasure's sea. Simply you will be indeed alive. (Report) Reply

  • Destiny Henry (4/17/2008 4:14:00 PM)

    This poem is really deep and when I read this I could feel what he is relly trying to say I love this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Asma Cheriet (4/17/2008 11:55:00 AM)

    I love this poem because i already have the conviction that if you have a dream, a realistic one, you can with time and by all means realize it, of course if you really want it to come true. What is life without dreams? It is a hopeless life. If you do not dream, you have no goals and objectives; if you have no goals, you have nothing to realize in your life, and if you have nothing to do in your life, you are like a non-existent or a dead person. You do not want to be considered as being dead? So, start dreaming; IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. (Report) Reply

  • Abdelhak Chenini (4/14/2008 5:26:00 PM)

    The simplicity of the poem makes it great. I like it because the simple words touch deeply. Hughes in this poem shows how dreams give life. Anyone has dreams, and working for realizing those dreams means making a life, building a future... but if there are no dreams, imagine how meaningless our life would be! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Boutheina Amri (4/14/2008 4:59:00 PM)

    Simple things are always the most pleasant.I read this poem many times and I think it is written beautifully because we seldom come across a poem that marries simplicity in form with depth in meaning. It is the kind of poems that speak to the minds and tingle the hearts with a mild tone of sorrow. (Report) Reply

  • Coll B. Lue (2/27/2008 5:35:00 PM)

    A short poem yet the effects created with a tinge of the 'life experience' reflections makes this a powerfully emotive poem. (Report) Reply

  • Katherine Wiley (1/22/2008 3:14:00 AM)

    I really liked this poem, and also believe what he says about dreams. I think dreams are the most important thing in poetry writing. Kate (Report) Reply

  • Ben Clark (9/30/2007 6:48:00 PM)

    This poem really speaks to me so strongly. There are so many times in my life that i want to give up on my dreams, or think to myself that im never going to reach them. This poem gives me strength to never surrender and lie down, but to always strive to be the best and never stop dreaming, no matter what others might think. We must cherrish each day as if it were our last, and to hold on to our dreams for ever. (Report) Reply

  • Kaite Russell (9/26/2007 10:07:00 PM)

    i really like this poem. it makes me want to keep dreaming and never give up. Langston Hughes describes a broken dream to a broken wing on a bird...which is what it feels like when you have lost or not achieved that dream that you are reaching for. the poem makes you feel like you can do anything and setting new dreams and goals. you want to hold on to your dreams because that is what gives you life and something to reach for. (Report) Reply

  • Chelsey Aroneck (9/26/2007 9:11:00 PM)

    In this writing, Langston Hughes speaks really deep. He captures the readers eyes with simple rhyming, creativeness that isn't necessarily long and dragged out. But better yet short and to the point. His writing is so easily related to me and I'm sure alot of others also. All people have had a dream of something that they want to do or achieve in life. This writing shows what everyone knows, but does not think of. It makes you think about how life would be without any dreams at all. How lost everyone would be. Dreams are really what our society is about and it creates the universe itself. (Report) Reply

  • Joey Carpenter (9/26/2007 9:07:00 PM)

    I really like this poem because it makes me want to set a goal in life so if i suceed then i will knoew that i have accomplished something... But if i never have a dream that one day i might realize that i have never accomplished anything and i couldnt go back and change it. (Report) Reply

  • Naveed Akram (7/27/2007 4:52:00 PM)

    Much is there to hold in this exact poem. It is short, but too concise. It might need care and attention. The lines may not differ as to worth, and they are employed faithfully. In fact, we are subjected to them and only because dreams do subject us to handsome ways.
    To hold fast to dreams I shall commit some act such as sleep, and I shall be helpful to myself and others before I die, ‘for if dreams die’. I am especially finding words for such premises constantly in my existence, and I find the birds to carry a message of such privileged nature. They or it, the bird, is supposed to fly, so dreams even reside in this broken-winged bird to fly. It is only natural to die and dream.
    It must carry a refrain of significance - ‘Hold fast to dreams’ - of such power that dreaming is inspired. It makes up for the bad dreams, and the wrong that may be committed by certain individuals. Those who are gone with dreams are always to be punished with no dreams.
    It is interesting how the metaphor at the end is so strong for the entire meaning of this poem. Life is called a cold place, and not somewhere that contains dreams. To be frozen in sleep is warm enough for dreams to flourish in the mind of sleep and the wake of time: even the ice-age! (Report) Reply

  • Francois Hoon (6/29/2007 6:11:00 PM)

    This is a very simple poem; simple enough to be straight to the point and to have an impact. Every person should be able to recognise it's message and it's truth...
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/francois-hoon (Report) Reply

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