Author: Hughes, Langston

Plot Summary: In the poem "Dreams," Langston Hughes metaphorically writes about what happens if a dream dies or goes. The poem can open up philosophical discussions about the importance of dreams and the different types of dreams students have.

Posted In: Metaphysics

Discussion Questions:

What are dreams?

What are some different kinds of dreams?

Is it important to have dreams?

What are ways that people can hold fast to dreams?

How could a dream die?

How could a dream go?

What are your dreams?

How do you hold fast to them?

Have you ever had a dream die?

Here is the poem:

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.


Contributed by Ruby Dawn Lyman