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Analysis and comments on Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

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Comment 59 of 79, added on December 10th, 2008 at 11:35 PM.

This poem has been very salient for me ever since I first came across it,
like, ten years ago. I didn't get it until I was older, until I had a
dream that got deferred and then realized that I wanted to do something
about it. I think the dream explodes when you want to do something about
it. Otherwise it just sits there in the sun, wrinkling like a raisin. Or
you get bitter about the dream you never fulfilled and it becomes like a
festering, infected sore; it becomes a source of pain for you because the
fact that you never fulfilled it is a sign that you failed. Or you chase
one substitute dream instead of the real dream, and you show off your
attainment of that dream as if everything were perfect, as if life was so
sweet, but in reality you failed at getting the real dream. But when you
focus on your dream, you roll up your sleeves, you hunker down and do the
damn thing, and you become an exploding source of power and motivation.
Yeah, that's what I think Hughes is saying.

Munky from United States
Comment 58 of 79, added on December 1st, 2008 at 1:10 PM.

This poem is insightful. It is very visual and you can relate it to
something in your everyday.

marissa caminos from United States
Comment 57 of 79, added on December 1st, 2008 at 1:10 PM.

I think this poem has great usage of similies and methaphors. Langston
Hughes is a great poet.

Loud mouth from United States
Comment 56 of 79, added on December 1st, 2008 at 1:10 PM.

This poem is very meaningful. Many people have dreams therefore many
people can relate to Langston Hughes poem.

katie risko from United States
Comment 55 of 79, added on December 1st, 2008 at 1:10 PM.

I think that the poem is good. It tells the detail of what can happen to
people's dreams if they try to achieve it too late. There may be other

kendra kakembo from United States
Comment 54 of 79, added on December 1st, 2008 at 1:05 PM.

I like this poem. But why would your dream explode or dry up?

aylssa shipley from United States
Comment 53 of 79, added on December 1st, 2008 at 1:05 PM.

I think it is a good poem. It describes the multiple possibilities where
dream go or you go. You could follow the dream and be happy or abandon it
and be regretful.

jimmy champlin from United States
Comment 52 of 79, added on October 13th, 2008 at 6:45 PM.

i luv dis poem it comes strait 4rm his heart nd it makes me think bout mii
own dreams

mimi from United States
Comment 51 of 79, added on May 7th, 2008 at 11:12 AM.

It is a nice poem. it is a metaphorical kind of a poem which encorages
readers to read with open mind.

daines from Tanzania
Comment 50 of 79, added on March 28th, 2008 at 8:17 AM.

i love the poem about dream deferred.is fantastic and sensitive

Ebenezer Baawuah from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Dream Deferred
Added: Feb 20 2003
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