Poetry Friday: The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes

May 16, 2014 @ 7:41 pm | Filed under: Books, Poetry

The Dream Keeper by Langston HughesThe 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.

SUCH a great poetry class with my Journey North kids today. Iambic meter with lots of examples; personification & anthropomorphism; Langston Hughes. Lots of laughter as they thought up ending lines for an unfinished poem in iambic tetrameter. Only three more meetings to go in this short six-week session, before we break for the summer. It’s gone so fast! We’ll pick up again in a bit, though.

For the Hughes poems, I used this beautiful collection: The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, with absolutely gorgeous scratchboard illustrations by Brian Pinkney.

 This week’s Poetry Friday roundup is hosted by Elizabeth Steinglass.

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  1. Our poetry this week was Robert Burns “To a Mouse”. Of course. After butchering the Scots accent while reading the excerpt in The Far Side of the Loch, I had to go watch some You Tube videos of Scots doing it right.

    Kind of theme this week since Dom interviewed a Scot on his radio show today.

    And since my maiden name is Scott writing it with only one t always looks wrong.

  2. […] Melissa Wiley has a short recap of the most recent Poetry Club meeting. Poet of the week: Langston Hughes. […]

  3. Langston Hughes has so many beautiful poems that can be shared with kids. I’m going to add this book to my summer reading list.

  4. One of my absolute favourite poets. I featured The Dream Keeper several times, I think. It never grows old. Beautiful.

  5. Beautiful poem! If poems were kids, it seems like it would play sweetly with “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.”
    Finishing an unfinished poem in iambic tetrameter sounds like a good exercise.