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 Quiet Girl


  1. Justin,Zhang says:

    @Jousalte from China
    Shame on you. Nobody have responsibility to make you understand it. If you couldn’t get it by your own mind, plz give it up and stop talking in rude words.

    • Anabelle says:

      Shame on us, shame on you that we are asking for help and what you are basically saying is that the person who doesn’t understand the poem is dumb.
      You are such an idiot

  2. Alan Graham says:

    great poem. it was short, but a lovely poem. I wish more poems were like this.

  3. Petcharin says:

    Acording to The Quiet girl of Hughes he is saying about the girl is found in his dream who is alive.He tells his feeling righ time in his lonelyness.

  4. Crazy says:

    Hmm, Amanda, I hope you are a poet who knows to put a ‘ in I’m.

  5. armando says:

    It fits my life!

  6. Amanda says:

    this poem is nice im a poet my self

  7. Amy Jentzsch says:

    There is a different type of beauty in the deep stillness of the dark night — Hughes is saying the beauty of this girl is found in her quiet ways. Only
    her eyes betray her shimmering soul. Her “songs” (whether sung aloud or merely kept in her head — I
    like to think this refers to her personal anthems)form his dreams.

  8. dh says:

    the poem was good but it could of been better if I could understand it.

  9. alibaba says:

    This poem is beautiful because of how Hughes describes the girls beuty and how the stars are there because she exists

  10. jaonna says:

    HI my name is Jaonna Woodard and i live in California i just wanted to let you now that your poem was smal but perfect keep up the ood work

  11. Kalpesh Patel says:

    i love this poet..Langston Hughes..is such as good author..” dark night without Girl”…your eyes Emphasize the beauti of her eyes..

  12. Jousalte says:

    I have been looking 4-better understanding withing the poems but everytime I check “comments” It’s bu$%^**t because all comments are about “It is so good!, it touched me so deep!, etc. They never explain why it is so good. I think comments are for commenting what u’ve learned out of this, what is your understanding, dissapointment, conclusion, etc. So, come on people be real! We all know these poems are good so don’t be redundant. *don’t pay attention to my spelling, it’s not important*

  13. Amber Funches says:

    i love it but to me i think that it sounds like a guy is desperate for anything.

  14. kristen says:

    i love the poem. im going 2 show it 2 my 6th grade classmates

  15. ricahrd says:

    this one touched me it is a wounderful poem

  16. Heather says:

    loved it

  17. Noel says:

    one of the best. i have read his poems, essays, and short stories and find that they all have a deaper meaning, and a point. he talks to you in ways most american writers or thinkers can’t, i dont like poets that use too many words and say too little, (i.e robert frost) langston is able to say so much with so little words and that is what i truly admire about him

  18. MaryJane says:

    This is one of my favorite poems! I love poetry and if I was more thoughtful I would write. I had to do a report on Langston Hughes and read on of his poems out loud to the class I decided since it was short and beautiful this one would be perfect!!!

  19. Xiao says:

    I love poetry and when I saw this poem it just inspierd me to write, I’m all so a poet but I’m not ver good (and not good at spelling) ^.^

  20. stella says:

    I think this poem is very beautiful and delicate. The title is quiet girl, she is quiet as a dark night but her eyes are like stars. she is quiet as a deep sleep but her songs are like dreams.

  21. Kate says:

    OMG i luv Langston and this poem is so cute

  22. hani says:

    Hughes was interested in setting other criterian for beauty. Instead of likening beautiful girls to moons and stars, He likened his girl to a black queit night. its stars hided themselves when the girl’s eyes showed up. And so did the dreams, when her songs played.
    All that ha happened in just six verses.

  23. Laeli says:

    I think its so sweet.

  24. daby says:

    this one’s a nice poem. Langston can put so much thought in a few words. and that is something to be desired in a poet. whereas some poems confuse, Langston’s are simple and filled with thoughts of the simplicities of life without having to exaggerate them so that the essence is altogether lost.

  25. Norma says:

    i thought the poem was very well done and i think it is rude for people to say that langston’s poems sux and make rude comments about his poetry. And it would be more helpful for those people lokking for hepl when writting essay’s and reports if others told why they thought the poem was good and alittle bit of there understanding about the poem….

    my understandig is that girl is very shy and wouldnt have been noticed if it wasnt for her eyes, because they were so beautiful and her here songs are like a dream.

  26. kristin says:

    Uday, I liked the poem but i just i kinda did understand it. when i went to see what other people thought of it i think i really like what you thought it meant. Thanks alot.

  27. Uday Desai says:

    I tried to find something here that would help me understand this poem. But what I found is the comments, either saying that one did not understand the poem, or the poem is good. If some one liked it or found it to be good poem, the person better explained why (s)he liked it.
    Any way here is my understanding…

    I see you as a dark night without stars, except for your eys. Poet wants to emphasize the beauty of her eyes.

    Simlilary your (the girl’s) songs are like dreams in a sleep.
    If this is what it means in more plain words this is really a wonderful poem. The poem tells lot many things in those few words. It may take at least a one full page then to really explain it.

  28. melissa says:

    I love this poem it’s inspiring and peacfull

  29. Jazz says:

    I thought the poem was pretty good.Good poems you cant understand an thats why it so good, because theres a sercet message thats lays in it.

  30. Tiffanie Knode says:

    This Poem realli didnt make since but I love Langston Hughes’s poems. They have inspired me to become a writer when i grow up. I hope tat these Poems help u in sum way.

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  32. Erin Troyer says:

    That poem was very beautiful. I love hughes’s work. As for the one that said that they were a lot better well here is a bit of a reality check….shut up and stop braging. Hughes is a much better poet than you and I don’t even know who you are!

  33. Erin Troyer says:

    That poem was very beautiful. I love hughes’s work. As for the one that said that they were a lot better well here is a bit of a reality check….shut up and stop braging. Hughes is a much better poet than you and I don’t even know who you are!

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