What do you think are the bounties of this earth?

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In Hughes' poem, he urges readers to hold on to their dreams. Without dreams, he says, using two different metaphors, life is like a bird with broken wings and like a frozen, snow-covered field. In other words, without dreams, we can not soar or grow.

Given that Hughes uses the...

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In Hughes' poem, he urges readers to hold on to their dreams. Without dreams, he says, using two different metaphors, life is like a bird with broken wings and like a frozen, snow-covered field. In other words, without dreams, we can not soar or grow.

Given that Hughes uses the metaphors of flying and growing to describe what dreams let us do, we might think that flying and growing bring us to the bounties of the earth. You might use that as a starting point to explore what you think the bounties or gifts of the earth are. What makes your heart soar and fill with joy when you think about it? What do you think would make you grow and flourish as a person? Is there a career that appeals to you? A place you dream of visiting? A part of nature you love? A way you would like to see the world change? People you love? All of these things are bounties.

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