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Analysis and comments on Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

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Comment 15 of 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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

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