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Write a thematic statement for this short poem: Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die...
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One theme to Langston Hughes's poem is that to feel oneself a fulfilled person, one must dream; for without dreams, one's spirit becomes barren and broken. Without dreams, one lives, as Henry David Thoreau said, a life of "quiet desperation," tilling only the "barren fields" described by Hughes.
Perhaps, then, the theme of "Dreams" is that happiness and a sense of success depend upon imagination and dreams. Therefore, one must keep a tenacious hold upon that which exceeds him in order to become more than a mere creature of the world. Robert Browning expressed the importance of the reach that dreams demand:
A man's reach should exceed his grasp, else what's a heaven for?
Posted by mwestwood on June 22, 2013 at 5:18 AM (Answer #2)
Posted by wordprof on June 22, 2013 at 12:44 AM (Answer #1)
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