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Analysis and comments on Dream Variations by Langston Hughes

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Comment 21 of 131, added on April 28th, 2006 at 11:25 AM.

I really like this poem I disagree with all the other comments.

toy from United States
Comment 20 of 131, added on April 4th, 2006 at 7:40 AM.

who really understands this poem?
we dont really "dream" these days although we have a lot of reasons to do
we dont consider the night ours any more either....if u get me...

zainab from United Arab Emirates
Comment 19 of 131, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 8:03 AM.

nice poem

katherine from United States
Comment 18 of 131, added on March 3rd, 2006 at 8:03 PM.

I must agree with Ranata, the first verse is the dream and the second verse
is the variation. Huhges' narrator is the victim of oppression, and he is
dancing "some place of the sun". He calmly says, "to whirl and to dance,"
while in the second verse he is clearly more excited. As if there is no
opression anymore, he exclaims, "DANCE! WHIRL!". Obviously, the second
verse is the variation.

eric from United States
Comment 17 of 131, added on February 4th, 2006 at 10:12 PM.

I agree with most of the comments on the first stanza. I think it is a
black child/slave/man, who is just dreaming of being free and dancing in
the daylight.

The second stanza, I see differently. I still see it as reality, but
instead of a harsh reality I see it as glorious. His wording seems to
imply defiance of the oppressors who are forbidding him from dancing. At
least, that's how I read it. He mentions dancing "in the face of the sun."
and the "Dance! Whirl! Whirl!" seems to be showing him outright,
blatently defying them.

as for the second half of that stanza, I like the comment some one made
earlier about lynching.
He's using elipses to just let sentences and thoughts trail off without
really being completed. He uses the word "pale," which sort of shows
illness or uh-health in the place of "cool" which seems more comfortable
and restful. And mabe the word "tenderly" isn't implying tender as in a
tender kiss. Mabey instead it means tender like the way people say their
arm is a little tender when they've hurt it.

just a thought. I'm no poet, though, so you can take it or leave it. ^_^

Payton from United States
Comment 16 of 131, added on January 25th, 2006 at 2:49 AM.

yes . what a geat poet!
what's about his dream o f freedom?

frank from China
Comment 15 of 131, added on January 11th, 2006 at 9:34 PM.

i disagree with a lot of the comments on this poem. Some believe that it
is the dream of a young child, black man, slave, etc., and that the first
verse is the "dreamy", and possibly naive version, and the second verse
illustrates reality. i believe it is the other way around. in the first
verse, it is a person's dream, but he or she has yet to have that dream
realized. the words seemed confined and unrelaxed. the phrase, "some
place of the sun" on the second line indicates that he/she doesn't have any
definite direction, they just want to go SOMEWHERE. the last line of the
first verse, "that is my dream" shows that IT IS STILL A DREAM, in
opposition to the last line of the second stanza which is final. the
second stanza shows the same person, but they have finally reached there
goal. their words are bolder and definite. for example, in the fist
stanza the person says, "in some place of teh sun", in teh second stanza
the person says "in the face of the sun".

...if i used this for an english grade, how'd you think i'd do?

ranata from United Kingdom
Comment 14 of 131, added on January 3rd, 2006 at 10:36 PM.

this poem is written with a beat and once in a while, a line that has a
completely different beat. i love thie poem and with other poems by
Langston Hughes. x]

Jessica from United States
Comment 13 of 131, added on December 15th, 2005 at 7:28 PM.

I think of this poem completely differently. I see the first verse as the
dream of a dancer who just wants to dance for his own amusement. The
second verse is the reality of that same dancer who is dancing for white
people "in the face of the sun" not "in some place in the sun". This
reality has taken some of the joy out of dancing for him since he is no
longer doing it for himself.

Robyn from United States
Comment 12 of 131, added on October 27th, 2005 at 9:15 AM.

this poem has touched my heart simply because i see it as a dark skninned
child who is dreaming of playing, danceing, and doing all the fun things
children do. but he can not. the second verse is this same dark boy, but
several years older. dreaming of the same thing, but sees it as a worst
time period. you can see the harshness of the second peom by the different
words used.and the sifferent puncuation used.

sarah bennett from United States

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Poet: Langston Hughes
Poem: Dream Variations
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Sep 5 2003

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