"Dreams" by Langston Hughes (1926)I need help to identify the theme found in "Dreams."

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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The theme of the poem is stated in the first line, "Hold fast to dreams," and it is then developed through metaphors. If our dreams die, the poem says, life becomes a bird with a broken wing "[t]hat cannot fly." If we allow our dreams to "go," then life is only a "barren field  /Frozen with snow." The theme of the poem is that our dreams give our lives meaning and purpose; they allow us to become all we can be and to achieve all we can accomplish. We can't "fly" without them, and without them our lives are barren; nothing can grow or blossom within us. The poem is a powerful statement about the value of our dreams and aspirations. We must "hold fast" to them and never give them up.