Poetry Friday: The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes

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

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. Melanie B says:

    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. Liz says:

    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.

  3. Myra from GatheringBooks says:

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

  4. Tabatha says:

    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.