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I think the poem you are looking for is, 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. Hold fast, means to hold tight, in this case... hold tight to your dreams and do not let them slip away. This poem is short, but powerful, and speaks to anyone who has ever had a dream. In the first stanza, Hughes shows the importance of dreams by using metaphor. Hughes compares a dream dying to a brid who cannot fly because of a broken-wing. To give up on your dreams is to be a bird who is crippled.This image is very easy to see in your mind's eye. In the second stanza, he uses more figurative language in another metaphor, Hughes writes, that when you let your dreams go, your life becomes desolate, and and empty. To give up on your dreams, to let them slip away, is to simply give up on life. Nothing can grow in a barren, frozen field, and likewise nothing can grow in a cold and empty life. The inspirational poem shows the imporatnce of holding fast to our dreams.
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