Saturday, November 12, 2005

Dreams by Langston Hughes

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.

This is another poem by Langston Hughes which I found online as well. Even this poem is a little bit short, I enjoy the point that the speaker is trying to point across. The literal meaning of the poem is that dreams are something that one should hold onto. Dreams are something that keeps life going and without them, life has no purpose. In the first stanza, when the poem states that "life is a broken-winged bird," it is a metaphor that simply just shows how life would be like if one lets their dreams die. I like this metaphor because it compares life to something that ties in with nature and whenever I think of life, I always think that nature has something to do with it. There's just something about the aspect of life that is always tied in with a serene and calming effect, in this example, nature or animals. It could be cliche or whatnot, but I always seem to find that life always has a connection with nature or animals. In the second stanza, when the speaker compares life to a barren field that is frozen with snow, it shows that dreams are something that should not be forgotten. In this example, it also compares it to something that has to do with nature as well. The whole poem just seems so symbolic of life and dreams in general. I enjoy how the speaker is able to take something which many poets write about and twist it in a way that is different to me at least.


Blogger Michael Overton said...

I sgree with what you said about how poems about life should have aspects of nature in them. The poem was very insightfull and i got two messages. If dreams were to die then life would be like a bird with broken wings. A bird with broken wing dies soon, therfore if dreams die you die. The second stanza says if dreams go thne life is a barren field of snow. This to me means if dreams go away then your life is meaningless and barren (not verry fun).

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