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Analysis and comments on Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

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Comment 28 of 88, added on August 10th, 2005 at 12:16 AM.

This is a great poem by langston hughes. In just a few lines he was able to
convey black opression ( a.k.a the dream) into a metaphor that carried a
significant (and sometimes controversial)meaning. Well done.

J J from United States
Comment 27 of 88, added on July 21st, 2005 at 1:57 PM.

I first read this poem in my Comp. 2 class.As a disabled white woman I felt
empathy afterwards.

Kelly Taras from United States
Comment 26 of 88, added on July 19th, 2005 at 8:43 PM.

Well, I have to memorize this poem in my Writing and Communications class
my Senior year, and I am glad I did. This is such a rich and well developed
poem, describing various outcomes of a dream deferred, raising in severty
each time until ultimatly, the worst outcome arises. This poem originally
was intented to convey the angry and fustration of Harlem in the 1910's to
the 1940's. Still as brillant today as it was 50 years ago, this poem is
can be desribed in one word: Timeless.

Comment 25 of 88, added on July 9th, 2005 at 8:22 PM.

I wonder if the film A Raisin in the Sun took its title from this brilliant

louise from Australia
Comment 24 of 88, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 10:57 AM.

this is a very weird but nicely written poem!

Ally from United States
Comment 23 of 88, added on May 27th, 2005 at 6:34 PM.

The word "explodes" is very powerful... I wonder what Hughes meant. On the
most personal intimate level, the explosion of the mind, the torment of the
individual soul, the burst of beautiful creativity arising from frustrated
dreams... Or are we, today, seeing rotten decay of the social structure,
the shrivelled souls of honest, hardworking, people working toward an end
that seems to promise futility, or does it explode by the burst of energy
that promises only wonderful and beautiful outcomes from all the surpressed
longings? Such a beautiful poem, this is, that even I, a non-black
immigrant, can appreciate its intimate largess.

Comment 22 of 88, added on May 2nd, 2005 at 4:48 PM.

I first read this poem while a freshman in college at Grambling State
University. It was during the LA riots and I always thought Langton
expressed the actions after the Rodney King verdict better than any
newscast or debate. Ultimately, a dream deferred will explode.

KWENITA LEWIS from United States
Comment 21 of 88, added on April 26th, 2005 at 9:32 PM.

Langston uses rhetorical questions and similes to show that if we do not
realize our dreams doubt will comsume us and a sprial of despair will

dan from United States
Comment 20 of 88, added on April 25th, 2005 at 2:43 PM.

It is very good and shows a lot of meaning

Billy from United Kingdom
Comment 19 of 88, added on April 18th, 2005 at 6:27 PM.

Langston Hughes' poem Dream Deferred is one which I have chosen to use in
my 7th grade English classes as part of a unit of poetry. I enjoy showing
students different types of poems, as well as poems of different moods.
Dream Deferred is one which I hope will inspire some of my students to
attempt goals instead of abandoning them. I asked them the question today
in class, "Which is worse? To try and fail, or to never try at all?"
Unfortunately, many students said that to try and then fail was more
upsetting to them than to never have tried at all. Oh, how I wish they
would not defer their dreams!

Malinda Butler from United States

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