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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

by Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes knows how to grab the audience with his personal stories of growing up and his hardships through poetry. ( )
  lnmeadows | Nov 20, 2013 |
Poetry. High level.
Rhyming, metaphors, comparisons.
  TaraMichael | Oct 28, 2013 |
Although Langston Hughes passed on in the 60's, his words stay with us. He was a dreamer, and a huge role model from the Harlem Renaissance. His words allow all children to dream big, and to keep dreaming.
  Backus2 | Sep 6, 2013 |
There’s a child-like simplicity to some of the poems that I found captivating. The poems deal with the challenges in being an African-American—they speak of the joyful as well as painful aspects of living. Themes range from heartbreak, to holding onto dreams despite the burdens we bear as well to the pain of lost dreams. Some are religious in nature and some focus on the beauty of the natural world. One can’t help get the impression that this man, this poet had lived a life of great depth and admire how he was able to fashion something so beautiful from some difficult life experiences. The black and white illustrations that accompany the poem only further enhance what is already a very moving reading experience.
  angelabotha | Jun 10, 2012 |
For the record, I’m no poetry expert. When I read collections from poets I’m making an effort to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to enjoy them in the same way a connoisseur of the genre would. There are some poems I love, but as a whole, poetry isn’t something I gravitate towards.

That being said, Hughes is undeniably talented. His poems show a deep pride in his African-American roots and it’s easy to understand why his name has become synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance. He gave a voice to the hopes and fears of generations of black Americans who were fighting against segregation.

I’m not the target audience for his work and so I’m sure some of its impact is lost on me. I did love some of the poems, including the title one shown below. Others seemed too simple and slid by me with little effect. I think this collection is a great introduction to his work and I will probably read more from him in the future.

The Dream Keeper

Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world. ( )
  bookworm12 | Dec 29, 2010 |
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Langston Hughesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pinkney, J. BrianIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Bring me all your dreams,
You dreamers,
Bring me all of your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679883479, Paperback)

Illus. in black-and-white. This classic collection of poetry is available in a handsome new gift edition that includes seven additional poems written after The Dream Keeper was first published. In a larger format, featuring Brian Pinkney's scratchboard art on every spread, Hughes's inspirational message to young people is as relevant today as it was in 1932.

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A collection of sixty-six poems, selected by the author for young readers, including lyrical poems, songs, and blues, many exploring the black experience.

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