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What does this metaphor mean in the poem Dreams - 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

that was the poem. what does "life is a barren field" mean? what is a barren field anyway?


A barren field is a field in which no plants grow. Langston is comparing a life without hopes and dreams to an empty, frozen place with no real life.


The line means that life is empty without dreams. And a barren field is empty. Usually how you describe a winter, which explains the line, 'Frozen with snow.'


My guess is that by dreams it means goals. Barren means unproductive or unfruitful. So "barren fields" means a field that has unproductive soil so it won't grow anything. I think that this metaphor means that if you forget about your dreams then life would be pointless.


Omfg our class read and talked about this poem about a month ago.
Anyways it means that life is empty besides what you put in it, and stuff like that.


keep in mind that Dreams in this poem refers to Aspirations.

it's just saying that having no goals in life will negatively impact your quality of life, and prosperous future.


A barren field has nothing growing in it no life.


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