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Dream Deferred

Langston Hughes

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Does it Explode?
2002-03-30
Added by: Stephen
Unfortunately it seems like the dreams deferred in the Middle East are choosing to go with the last line of the poem. It explodes.
2002-04-02
Added by: david
hey if you like this poem than you should read the play, "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. it is based on the same theme of dreams deffered.
Please could someone help me, I need to analise th
2002-06-06
Added by: lizzie
This is a poem of similies. It is very general in its implication. On the learning that its author was a black american, I uderstood that the dream is the dream of freedom and parity. As many other black americans writing did, Hughes's poem depicted realistically the ordinary lives of black people.
Langston Hughes is the bomb!!!!
2002-11-22
Added by: Chantal
I really think that we should all follow in hi steps because he speaks his mind when he writes poems like if you read "I Too," that would really touch your heart
:-)
2002-12-13
Added by: Athena Chromestar
I like Langston Hughes too. It's a pity every time I go to read one of his poems here, there's someone begging to have the poem analysed for them XP

Chantal, I read that poem too. It's awesome.

So is "Daybreak in Alabama", I almost feel I'm standing there when I read it :)
:-)
2002-12-13
Added by: Athena Chromestar
I like Langston Hughes too. It's a pity every time I go to read one of his poems here, there's someone begging to have the poem analysed for them XP

Chantal, I read that poem too. It's awesome.

So is "Daybreak in Alabama", I almost feel I'm standing there when I read it :)
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2003-02-24
Added by: steve
From a new critical perspective this poem is intereesting because it is a serious of similies that ends with a metaphor. Consider why the last line of the poem is really a metaphor and the poem has more meaning in my opinion
About Hughes "Dream Deferred"
2003-10-20
Added by: Annoymous
In my opinion, i love the way the poem states how your dreams are realistic or its all in your mind. This is one of my favorite poems by Hughes. Im also doing a reasearch project on him.
2003-10-27
Added by: A Non A Muse
I love this ppoem it ask a simple question, yet is has very complex ansewer. The whole thigs says to live your dreams and make them work for you other wise it could be to late.
Harlem
2003-10-27
Added by: cynthia watkins
“Harlem” by Langston Hughes is a timeless poem than can be applied to the lives of people of all racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. “What happens to a dream deferred?” most people can relate to feelings associated with unrealized dreams, however judging by Hughes’ decision to entitle the poem “Harlem” I feel this piece serves as the voice of the greater African-American community.
“Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” possibly a reference to elderly African- Americans who have lost their passion for life after years of oppression. All sense of hope has withered away.
“Or fester like a sore-and then run?’ Unfortunately the first image that came to my mind when I read this was the inner city ghettos filled with impoverished African-Americans, high crime rate and substance abuse, although I am aware that more violent crimes are committed by Caucasians. These ghettos are a sore on the American landscape a constant reminder that despite some progress, we still have a long way to go in providing an environment of equality in this country.
“Does it stink like rotten meat?” this symbolized the anger, hatred and animosity between the two races. The propaganda spewed by both sides to further divide the people, something so vile and disgusting only the smell of rotten meat could adequately describe it.
“Or crust and sugar over-like a syrupy sweet” are the feelings of loss so suppressed that people become so detached from reality they try to present the image that everything is roses, overwhelmed by the problems at hand they create a false sense of happiness and encourage others to buy in to their delusions that the world is perfect.
“Maybe it just sags like a heavy load”. This is the reality of what African-Americans must endure in America. After years of carrying this burden the people eventually will become weary, a tired broken people from the weight of oppression at the hands at the European majority.
“Or does it explode”, this is my favorite line in the poem. There are so many ways this line could be applied. Is it a reference to the Harlem renaissance? The explosion of new vitality in the area, the creative movement, the expression of the people after years of silence, or is it a warning, is the African-American community going to explode, it violence going to ensue?

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