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Analysis and comments on Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

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Comment 11 of 71, added on February 22nd, 2005 at 11:31 AM.

The migration of African-Americans from the South to the North during the
1950's and other times led to the realization that the dream could not
always be achieved due to economic conditions and racism in the North.

Edna from United States
Comment 10 of 71, added on February 16th, 2005 at 8:48 PM.

Langston Hughes was referring to Martin Luther King Jr.s "Dream" of
equality and opportunities for African Americans in the U.S. His
references to drying up-mean to be forgotten, to fester is to get infected
like a sore shows pain, and stink like rotton meat refers to decay. His
reference to sagging is the weight that bears down on black souls and the
explode refers to violence if equality is not obtained soon! Graet poem!

Tosha Arriola from United States
Comment 9 of 71, added on February 15th, 2005 at 12:14 PM.

This poem is one of the most touching ones I have ever read, and Iīm going
to use it in my homework. I think this poem represents all those dreams
that couldnīt come true because of the people dreaming them. It shouts to
you: Make your dreams come true, before itīs to late!

Anna from Sweden
Comment 8 of 71, added on February 12th, 2005 at 4:49 PM.

I loved this poem so much this the only poem I like.

Kameryn from United States
Comment 7 of 71, added on January 29th, 2005 at 4:15 PM.

The Harlem poem (also known as "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes,
published in 1951 as part of Montage of a Dream Deferred, an extended poem
cycle about Harlem life. The 11-line poem speculates about the consequences
of white society's withholding of equal opportunity, and concludes by
suggesting that a dream deferred may explode.

jules from United States
Comment 6 of 71, added on January 26th, 2005 at 11:51 PM.

A dream that is postponed or delayed...blacks during this time had a dream
of having civil equality and equal rights... if that dream was put aside
for a time... will dry up like a raisin, stink like rotten meat,
etc...which mean will it be forgotten or never brought up again... that is
what he's asking in his poem

adm from United States
Comment 5 of 71, added on January 5th, 2005 at 9:56 PM.

This poem is increddiable ,I used this poem in a contest and won

Jazz from United States
Comment 4 of 71, added on December 12th, 2004 at 5:53 PM.

Anyone want to interpret this for me, or help me out??

Emma from United States
Comment 3 of 71, added on December 8th, 2004 at 4:26 PM.

I am a high school teacher and we use this poem and I have found my
students cheating and coping answers now I wanted my kids to learn and be
creative but look now Jake, Kim, Jane and Nilla. You are getting and
F-----!

Maurine from Canada
Comment 2 of 71, added on December 6th, 2004 at 7:14 PM.

I learned this poem when I was about 9 years old at my dance studio ( that
was about 7 years ago). Larry Leon Hamlin, Director of the Black Repertoir
taught and impounded it into our heads. I can't remember why, but I have
never forgotten this poem! What DOES happen to a deferred dream? I would
love to know more about different black poets if anyone has any information
on it. Thanx

Brit from United States

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