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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  • 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

  • Christal Knight (6/5/2007 7:34:00 PM)

    I guess my life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Cause I don't have dreams especially not like the ones he's talking about. Tiss, tiss, tiss. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvie Launay (10/15/2006 8:06:00 AM)

    I'm discovering it and its author, it is a really beautiful one. A bit pessimistic nevertheless... (Report) Reply

  • Barb Gurden (10/9/2006 9:38:00 PM)

    i found this poem when i was a teenager 30 years ago on a poster and did hang it on a wall. the more important aspect is that i believed and it was so true. i did have dreams and strived. i just wish that my husband could have held onto his dreams. he did not and committed suicide 4 years ago. His life became the barren wasteland but little did we know. he was the golden winged bird that could not fly. (Report) Reply

  • Lesa K (8/2/2006 3:06:00 PM)

    Sometimes dreams are all you have. This was one of the very first poems I came to love. Beautiful words... (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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