Dreams (3): THE DREAM KEEPER

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.

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Henri Rousseau (1910) – The Dream

This poem deals with the importance of dreams (called “heart melodies”) their fragility and the need to protect them.
The “Dream Keeper”, the force present in the poem, invites  dreamers to “Bring … all of your dreams,” because he wants to keep them safe and comfortable,
The “blue cloud-cloth” used to protect our dreams is a metaphor for the attitude to defend our inner desires and pleasures from the hard and painful influences coming from the outside world.

The “too-rough fingers” metaphor represents the harsh realities of life, the shots at dreamers made by those who wish to destroy hope: in this personification the world is seen as an enemy.

 

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