Dreams Explication

By Ben Siegel

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.

Literal Interpretation

Keep your dreams

If your dreams dissipate

Life brings you set backs.

Keep your dreams

For when they go

life is as plain as white snow.


The poem is in first person.

Mood: The mood is motivational saying pursue knowledge in your dreams because with dreams, life has a purpose.

Tone: The tone is negative and positive and inspirational. If you pursue your dreams life will be filled with glory however; if you don't your life will be barren like white snow. Also it is cautionary, saying we need to pursue our dreams.

The speaker could a male or female but most likely is trust worthy as he/she is telling us how dreams affect life for the worse.


The form is seven lines that are really short. The poem is free verse, regular meter. The poem circles back where it started talking about dreams. The poem doesn't shift but leaves the audience with a negative feeling. The titlle is pretty straight forward as the poem is about dreams. Dreams can be a huge positive in your life or a huge negative in your life, its what you choose them to be. Not really any punctuation.


Diction: Barren


Imagery- life is a broken winged bird, life is a barren field

Repetition: Hold fast to dreams

Alliteration: Dreams die

End Rhymes: Die-Fly, Go-Snow

Symbolism: If a bird breaks its wing it can’t fly just like if a human lets his or her dream’s go they can’t achieve them.

Musical Devices

Rhyme Scheme: A,B,C,B

Meter: Regular

Alliteration: Dreams die

These words give the poem a calm and dreamy like feel