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Langston Hughes

About The Author

A poet, novelist, fiction writer, and playwright, Langston Hughes is known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties and was important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance.


About The Poem

 “Dreams” is one of Langston Hughes’s many poems about the power and necessity of dreams for both individuals and communities. It offers some basic instructions to those who read it: keep hold of your dreams, because without them the world can be a brutal world.   These aren't the types of dreams you have at night while you're fast asleep, but rather the dreams of your future, the things you hope for, or the goals you want to achieve.


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.

जो होगा देखा जाएगा

Transcreated by
Vineet KKN ‘Panchhi’

ख़ाबों को तुम ज़िंदा रखना

ख़ाब अगर ये मर जाते हैं

टूटे पंख , परिंदे जैसे

कभी-ये उड़ नहीं पाते हैं

ख़ाबों को तुम पकड़ के रखना

ख़ाब अगर ये गिर जाते हैं

बंजर रेगिस्तान में जैसे

जम के बर्फ ये हो जाते हैं

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