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"Dreams" by Langston Hughes

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Alexis Mutschler

on 9 December 2016

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Transcript of "Dreams" by Langston Hughes

About the Author
Langston Hughes was born on February 1st, 1902.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Summary of Poem
Themes of this Poem
One of the most noticeable themes in this text is dream for a better life. This is shown with the line that states, "Hold fast to dreams for dreams die" (Lines 1 and 2). Furthermore this means that holding onto your dreams will result in a greater future.
He studied literature at Columbia University and later attended Lincoln University.
He died on May 22nd, 1967 at the age of 65.
"Dreams" by Langston Hughes
He published his first poem in 1921, called "The Negro Speaks of Rivers".
His poem "The Weary Blues" won first prize in the Opportunity magazine literary competition.
He died from prostate cancer.
This poem is about not giving up on your dreams, because lost dreams are just as useful as broken wings to a bird.
Figurative Languages
There are two distinct metaphors in this poem. The first metaphor says, "For if dreams die, life is broken-winged bird that cannot fly" (Lines 2,3,5). The second states, "For when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow" (Lines 6,7,8). These two metaphors both are comparing a broken dream to a more unfortunate life.
The most prevalent example of imagery in this poem is, "Life is a barren field frozen with snow" (Lines 7 and 8). These lines show description of life being empty if a person's dreams are broken. The author put this example of imagery in the text to help show the reader how important dreams. It shows the reader that if their dreams are broken life is simply a barren empty field.
Work Cited
Hunter, Langston Hughes - Poem. "Dreams Poem." PoemHunter.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.

"Langston Hughes." Biography.com. A&E Networks Television, 27 Jan. 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.

MarathonRuns. "Dreams by Langston Hughes and Recited by Solomon." YouTube. YouTube, 04 Mar. 2014. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.

By Alexis Mutschler and Brandon Banks
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