TWIST is an acronym that teaches you how to analyze a poem.
“Life is a barren field”- Langston Hughes
W- Word Choice
“Hold fast to dreams”- Langston Hughes
I will analyze “Dreams”, by Langston Hughes using TWIST. The “T stands for for Tone, the “W” stands word Choice, and the “I” stands for imagery. The “S” stands for symbolism, and the second “T” stands for theme.
The tone is sorrowful, because it shows how sad it is to lose dreams. This makes the reader feel the depression in the poem. “A barren field” represents a life without dreams.
“Hold fast” means that you have to hold on to something. The word choice helps the reader figure out the implicit meanings of the text. The speaker wants you to hold on to your dreams and never let go.
“The theme is moving and powerful.”
The imagery shows that African Americans were imprisoned by Jim Crow laws. The broken winged bird represents them and their struggle for equality. Only when they have rights could the birds fly!
“Life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly!”- Langston Hughes
The structure of the poem is cause and effect. “For when dreams go, Life is a barren field”. The poem discourages the reader from letting go of their dreams by showing the consequences of doing that.
The poem is repeating line 1.
The theme of the poem is to never let go of your dreams. The author notes that life is dull without them. The lesson is to pursue your dreams before they disappear.