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Analysis and comments on Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

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Comment 18 of 78, added on April 12th, 2005 at 1:23 AM.

I think that this poem just goes to show the absolute genius of Langston
Hughes as a poet. A poet of the caliber of Hughes can write a poem that can
have a myriad of meanings and have one meaning at the same time. This poem
is like that. I think this poem speaks of the effects that unrealized
dreams have on individuals. For some, those dreams just linger at the
inmost parts of who we are. For a few others, those dreams explode and take
on whole new meanings and they morph into something more powerful and

Gabe from United States
Comment 17 of 78, added on March 28th, 2005 at 8:37 PM.

probably the most popular work of Mr. Hughes

Robert from Philippines
Comment 16 of 78, added on March 23rd, 2005 at 10:29 PM.

What really does happen to a dream deferred? I think it becomes a fantasy,
as the longer you put it off, the longer it takes to realize. Follow your
dreams..they are the guideposts of your earthy mission!!

Tanya from United States
Comment 15 of 78, added on March 13th, 2005 at 1:49 PM.

You all have a great view on this poem, however, since I love it so much I
feel the need to correct you. The true title of the poem is "Harlem."
Although it is a common mistake to call it, "A Dream Deferred," as it is
from the extended poem made up of many small poems called, "Montage of a
Dream Deferred." However, he wanted this actual short poem to be called,
"Harlem." Many people make this mistake.

Comment 14 of 78, added on March 6th, 2005 at 9:18 PM.

this is a very nice poem, I'm a college student and I took africian
american history at ddc. my instructor said this was one of his favorite
poems and I certainly agree. It's a strong poem and it's a poem that makes
you think.

nakia from United States
Comment 13 of 78, added on March 5th, 2005 at 7:08 AM.

My teacher recommanded us to read this poem. I like it very much.But I feel
a little bit sad after reading. Is it a sad poem?

liu jue from China
Comment 12 of 78, added on February 23rd, 2005 at 5:48 PM.

this poem is one of the most touching poems i ever read

jasmine from United States
Comment 11 of 78, 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 78, 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 78, 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

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