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
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Topic(s) of this poem: dreams


Comments about Dreams by Langston Hughes

  • (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.
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  • (11/6/2008 8:36:00 AM)


    This poem encouraged me to dream big (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (9/14/2008 2:01:00 PM)


    I wish I should never cease to be a dreamer let whatever way I'm criticised.
    This is wonderful poetry radiating courage to Dream.ah, what a pleasant read.
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  • (9/5/2008 11:36:00 AM)


    Too brief and shallow why is that
    such a favorite?
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  • Gil Gregorio (8/27/2008 3:41:00 AM)


    Briefly concise in poetic perspective! (Report) Reply

  • (7/31/2008 12:39:00 PM)


    Depicts dreams to inspire all our thoughts
    that are achievable or not.
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  • (7/11/2008 12:59:00 PM)


    THIS IS MY FAVORITE PEOM AND ONE THAT REMINDS ME TO KEEP DREAMING THE DAY OF ALL GOOD (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2008 9:37:00 AM)


    So True. I really like it. Life really is incomplete without dreams. Great work.

    Sun Sun
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  • (6/21/2008 7:39:00 PM)


    Excellent poem i adore it. (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2008 6:28:00 PM)


    This poem not only explains the human perspective on dreams, it also deeply expresses the undoubtful truth about dreams. Thank you for writing this, it means a lot to me because of where I am in life right now. Thanks again! (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (3/1/2008 4:29:00 AM)


    i would just like to be his typewriter for a few years, no harm if some of it is lost (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (2/21/2008 1:47:00 AM)


    i really like this! more power! (Report) Reply

  • Malini Kadir (2/20/2008 11:58:00 PM)


    how true.....indeed...perhaps that is what keeps all life going...... (Report) Reply



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