I would liken you
To a night without stars
Were it not for your eyes.
I would liken you
To a sleep without dreams
Were it not for your songs.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Langston Hughes's poem Ardella


  1. arya says:

    great poet i like he too much

  2. name says:

    hey, just wanted to comment :),

  3. Vrikk says:

    In my GT class, I have been assigned the task f researching a famous poet, and I went in not realy knowing what I’d get. I googled famous poets and the first one I saw was Langston Hughes. I read a few of his works, and was absolutely amazed. I have never though so deeply about poetry in my life. And I have been analyzing his works, like this one, Ardella, my favorite of all. I have been able to relate a lot to this poem. It’s metephorical meaning confounds me. Liken, meaning to compare, to a night without stars, and liken to a sleep without dreams. If you go deep enough past the surface, you can realy come out with a lot of this poem.

  4. Dominique says:

    This comment is for Christian—excuse me but I don’t think you have the right to call this poem retarded, maybe you just can’t comprehend the peom or read between the lines…but don’t go calling people or work people have done retarded, it’s rude and disrespectful…If you think you can do a better job then go ahead.

  5. swim says:

    i like this poem it speaks to me!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Is the poem “Ardella” by Langston Hughes an example of a alliteration?

  7. christian hilliererre says:

    this poem is as retarded as the she is.

  8. Erin says:

    I have just recently been researching Mr. Langston Hughes and I find him absolutly amazing! I like Ardella the best thought, it seems like it has a purpose and yet, it doesn’t.

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