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Dream Deferred

Langston Hughes

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Added by: Omar Mansour
Obviously it explodes...short, sweet, and staight to the point...this has got to be one of the best peoms ever written on paper!
Added by: why?
i think the poem has got nothing to do with discrimination.i thought that the poem is abt a dream that is delayed or 'postponed' so the poet may be just asking for our opinion abt what is the outcome of the dream?or is it?? i dunno but i think discrimination hardly makes any sense
It's Both
Added by: flaco
Like all other sorts of literature, Hughes works have multiple meanings-applying to both african-americans and "Dreams". Like many other of his works, hughes, it is a generic poem. This poem can not only refer to the black community, but to people(races) in general.
I see this poem more towards "Dreams" considering I once had a ridiculous dream once...All-Star MLB player...but tis' never happened. But not only do I see it as that. Like I said, Hughes writings consist of multiple meanings depending on the eye of the reader.
Added by: Lee
Explosions aren't that unfortunate. People blowing each other up isn't that unfortunate either.
Added by: Linny P
If you look at the history of the poet and when he wrote this, the poem could very well be an examination of dreams. Dreams of one's future, but it is a stronger statement if it is viewed in regaurds to the black community, or any minority group.
Langston Hughes
Added by: Nicky
I think we should follow in his steps. He was a great person.
Dream Deferred
Added by: Dust
This poem is so great. It is true and uses simile to show the meaning of the poem. Hughes is a GENIUS!!
Added by: Coach Price
I am not sure this concerns Black and White. If you didn't know the race of the poet is there anything in the poem that indicates that the subject revolves around race? I think Hughs is speaking to people in general that for some reason or another have failed or simply have not achieved their dreams. So now that Dream is personified in different ways. As a Sore, Rotten meat, Candy or something sweet that has been neglected, and than eventually something a bomb, perhaps, that has the ability to explode. The major implication here is that this neglected dream will have some type of effect on the person. While for some people may be bitter, or regretful, or simply still hopeful about accomplishments they failed to achieve other people may "explode" and breakdown emotionally, or mentally somehow because they are unable to achieve something.

What do you think??
Added by: cooper`
Why compare a dream deferred to a raisin? Like a raisin, a dream deferred shrivels up and turns dark because the sun has baked it. The emphasis on the sun is important because it stresses time-we measure time by the sun's movement. Like the raisin, the dream has been on hold for a long time-consequently, it has transformed into something very different than it once was. Because they look so different, few people would believe that raisins were once grapes unless they had been told. Similarly, a dream that continues to be postponed will go through an evolution as well-it won't be the same as the original.

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