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 of this poem: dreams

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  • Rookie Ruby Root (7/20/2006 4:20:00 PM)

    I think the poet writes really deep but I think dreams are hard to hold on to. The pace of life is too fast. I agree that life can be a broken winged bird. This is our society today. Excellent poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Christopher Durand (7/20/2006 11:09:00 AM)

    yeah, not bad...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (7/17/2006 11:13:00 AM)

    Nobody wants to be a 'broken-winged bird, '... dream on and fly! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,227 Points john tiong chunghoo (7/1/2006 5:25:00 AM)

    langston, this is so true.

    hold to your dream
    it makes your night
    so sweet and the day
    so overwhelmingly
    exciting because
    dream is like a compass
    pointing to only one direction -
    success and more success (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Blaine (6/26/2006 12:27:00 PM)

    What? This is so lame. Without aim, meaning or purpose. Who gave this No: 5 spot? It should be at the bottom of the ocean! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 150 Points Poetry Hound (6/17/2006 6:48:00 AM)

    I can just see this simplistic guidance/admonition written in cursive on a glossy poster of a nature scene hanging on a teenager's wall. I'm sure it's been quoted by countless valedictorians on high school graduation day and then immediately forgotten as it is too shallow to be worth remembering. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Victoria Menichetti (1/29/2006 8:29:00 PM)

    i showed this poem to my friend and they said

    'dreams are better than reality because reality will always disapoint you but dreams can be however you want' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Blue Clouds (1/9/2006 4:25:00 PM)

    I love this poem. I'm definitely going to use it for my poetry project. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kat J (12/14/2005 6:15:00 PM)

    i absolutely love this poem. i plan on using it for my senior quote nest year. it is simple, yet elegant. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Victoria Hughes (9/22/2005 6:41:00 PM)

    i have one word for this poem: 'beautiful' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Em Po (7/24/2005 3:47:00 AM)

    i'm gonna set this to music... just because ok?
    if i think it's any good (it won't be i can't poem set but oh well) i'll comment again aye? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marie Dzielak (6/9/2005 4:39:00 PM)

    As a teacher and parent, I have watched many kids learn that DRUGS DESTROY DREAMS. I just re-read this poem and interpreted the last word in a whole new way. 'Snow' is a slang term for cocaine, heroine and amphetamines. Teen drug addicts essentially 'freeze' their brains in their development. In other words, if they start using at 16, their brains remain the like that of a 16-year old. Their 'field' of life, once full of potential for harvesting, become barren and frozen. (Report) Reply



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