The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes

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The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes

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.


In “The Dream Keeper”, Langston Hughes contends that dreams are fragile and in need of protection.

Topic Sentence 1: (state position) The poem has a gentle tone (relate to thesis) that underscores the idea that dreams are fragile and therefore in need of protection.

Evidence: dreams, heart melodies, may, wrap, blue cloud, too-rough are all word with delicate connotations.

Topic Sentence 2: (state position)  Hughes uses syntax to convince the reader to give their dreams to the “Dream Keeper”, (relate to thesis) so that they may be kept safe.

1) Hughes uses syntax to issue the command “Bring me”  (line 1 & 3) showing the speaker’s urgent need to have the dreams.
2) The use of “That” (capitalized) in line 4 signals that his purpose for issuing these commands is so he can  “wrap” them and keep them “Away from the too-rough fingers of the world (protect).
3) The use of the capital A in “Away” conveys that this is an important and known destination where the dreams will be safe.

Topic sentence 3:  (state position) Hughes use of detail furthers the sense of fragility and (relate to thesis) shows again that the dreams are in need of being watched over.

1) Heart Melodies- A song from the heart is extremely vulnerable.
2) Blue Cloud Cloth- There is nothing softer to wrap something in.
3) “too-rough fingers”- it’s almost as if the dreams will break if the speaker uses too harsh of a term

DICTION: Hughes use of diction in the form of literary devices again shows that the dreams are personal (vulnerable), and that they are no match for the opposition.

1) “Heart Melodies”- Metaphor for a dream showing that they come from the heart.  
2) If even “too-rough fingers of the world” are too much for the dreams imagine what being up against the whole body would be like. This personification establishes the world as the enemy.

CONCLUSION: According to Langston Hughes, dreams are fragile and should be protected.

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