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Dream Deferred Analysis



Author: Poetry of Langston Hughes Type: Poetry Views: 6308

What happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry up

Like a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore--

And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over--

like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.Or does it explode?






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It is one of Langston Hughes' best poems. He is very revolutionary and and uses visual images that are also similes
to advice blacks not to dream of freedom but to fight for it

| Posted on 2014-01-18 | by a guest


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the "dream" referred to is the so called "American Dream". The poem is foreshadowing to the eminent civil rights movement.

| Posted on 2013-09-28 | by a guest


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Realize the era that this poem was written in. Langston Hughes wrote this poem during the 1920s and refers to the delayed promise from the Emancipation Proclamation. The African Americans during the 1920s still did not have the civil rights that they were promised; that is what a dream deferred is.
And all the possibilities of the dream deferred pertain to what the community might do if they continue to not attain their \'dream\'.

| Posted on 2013-02-26 | by a guest


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Deferred is to put off or postpone. It\'s like he is comparing \"the dream\" to necessarily a dream from sleep, but a dream as in a goal or desire, to food. Like how food expires. Dries up, rots or crusting over. Then he compares it to a sore, festering, oozing with puss. Then you can imagine the dream sagging on a body like a heavy load or almost being a part of the persons flesh who has \"deferred their dream\" and it weighs on them now, like excess skin or fatty tissue. And then he takes it somewhere completely different and asks, \" does it explode?\" Which could mean it just disintegrates into little pieces and was never meant to be \"used at a later date,\" after all. Either way, it\'s beautiful.

| Posted on 2013-01-24 | by a guest


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Or does it explode?
It has a negatives yet positive side
Great line!

| Posted on 2013-01-09 | by a guest


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The loan suppose to be important for people, which would like to organize their own company. As a fact, that\'s not hard to receive a student loan.

| Posted on 2012-12-03 | by a guest


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In my opinion the author is trying to ask questions about life and how dreams affect it. What happens to dreams that are no longer being followed? Do they simply go away, or come back to haunt your life by making you wish that you never gave them up? If you ignore them, will they become good things? Or will they just sit there with none of your attention? Maybe they will explode to hurt you so horrendously that your life will have no meaning to you.

| Posted on 2012-05-05 | by a guest


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This poem is great. I can really relate to his use of peoples dreams.

| Posted on 2012-03-29 | by a guest


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The person who commented before me has no life nor a job due to the fact that he is making comments on this post complaining about how other people who are analyzing this have no job.

| Posted on 2012-03-10 | by a guest


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The person who commented before me has no life nor a job due to the fact that he is making comments on this post complaining about how other people who are analyzing this have no job.

| Posted on 2012-03-10 | by a guest


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all the above people who gave their views, explained the poem , summarized it, analysied it, are jobless people on this earth seriously.get a life..

| Posted on 2012-02-26 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is about how some dreams just sit and are never thought of again but some are only brought up again because it is a problem because a festered sore becomes a problem after a while and then you have to fix it.

| Posted on 2012-01-04 | by a guest


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The point is, he wants you to think of dreams as very physical and they do need to be worked on and thought of as physical because if not, they will sit and decay. And as for the explode part, I think he is talking about the positive reality part of a dream.

| Posted on 2012-01-03 | by a guest


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This poem is orgasmic. He talks about the the busty black women and the HUGE black things

| Posted on 2011-11-28 | by a guest


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First of all, the last line of this poem \"Or does it explode\" means does it explode in a good way, because throughout the poem, Hughes keeps talking about negative things that can happen to your dreams. And then he says \"OR does it explode?\" As in, Or does it finally come true?

| Posted on 2011-11-01 | by a guest


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I think this poem means when u have a dream that seems like u will never reach it because people try and get in the way of your dream u just push it aside and LH is asking what happens to it when it all fails

| Posted on 2011-05-15 | by a guest


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I love it when ya call me big poppa. Throw ya hands in the air if you a true playa! - RIP Biggie

| Posted on 2011-04-11 | by a guest


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so i think this poem is about many things from opertunities to rasisim to acual dreams
*-LUNA-*

| Posted on 2011-03-22 | by a guest


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i think dat dis peom is a really perplexing and persuading poem.

| Posted on 2011-03-13 | by a guest


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bahaha some people get way outa hand here with all the personal issues! if were on here its only because we are interested in the poems you rascals!

| Posted on 2011-01-13 | by a guest


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Langston Hughes was a Harlem renaissance poet. During the time he wrote the poem “Harlem (A dream deferred)” blacks faced prejudice and segregation. Their dream was to acquire equal rights in their constitutional right to peruse happiness. Langston Hughes asks if the dreams of the black community are ignored and suppressed, do they dry up like a raisin left in the sun? If you leave a sore untreated it will fester. Their dream was untreated and was simply abandoned and neglected. The blacks dreams of equality were seen as a nuisance like the smell and odor or rotting meat. They were a heavy load and burden to society and sagged like a heavy load. When finally all the emotions and optimistic dreams were waiting and waiting for the one spark to explode.

| Posted on 2010-11-19 | by a guest


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lolz ii just watched Grown ups and that shiit iis hiilariious !

| Posted on 2010-11-15 | by a guest


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ii dont get iit , ii dont liike thiis poem iits annoyiinq , thuq liife .

| Posted on 2010-11-15 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about chasing your dreams and not letting go until it comes true. This is a problem we all have we give up if something fails once and this gets us nowhere. If we all believed in our selves we can all be what we set out to be. -Christine

| Posted on 2010-10-27 | by a guest


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This is one of my favorite poems of all time. Langston Hughes dream is connected with Martin Luther King\'s dream. Hughes was a Harlem Renaissance poet, and the time can be characterized as a cultural explosion for African Americans. The dream during the Harlem Renaissance was equality and a desire that the national conscience would be awakened to the sophistication and class of the African-American culture. The people of that time felt that they deserved equality and had hoped after the Civil War their freedom and equality would be readily attained. However, due to many different circumstances and factors they found this dream difficult to obtain. Until the point of the Harlem Renaissance the dream for freedom and individuality was put aside and replaced with the fundamental need to survive in a prejudice and segregated country. This interpretation of Langston\'s dream was best noticed when he first titled this poem as \"Harlem\". He later titled it a dream deferred so readers even long after his time could apply his poem to their dreams and aspirations.

| Posted on 2010-10-06 | by a guest


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Proverb 13:12 (KJV)
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Matthew Henry\'s Concise Commentary
13:6. An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. 7. Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. 8. Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. 9. The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. 10. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. 11. Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. 12. The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended.

| Posted on 2010-07-27 | by a guest


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I believe the poem is wondering what happens to a dream... What is a dream? Let's face it. EVERYDAY we see things with our own eyes. Some horrific and terrible thigns stay in our minds forever. Some do not. Other, exciting and memorable things also stay with us forever. Some do not. EVERYDAY we dream, too. But, how often do you remember your dreams? Not often. But everytime you sleep you dream and you can redream certain things you may dream. So what happens to our dreams that we no longer remember? Where did they come from? Do they erase? That's what the poem is asking... What is the mood of the poem? Anyone know?

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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I think this poem stands for how people see a dream that is a goal but you dont do it so it slowly dissappears to the back of your brain and it never come back.

| Posted on 2010-05-24 | by a guest


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i think that this poem is universal.it talks about all people who do not acheive there goals in life and feel frustructed.the poet uses rhetorical questions to let the reader wonder about the answer.

| Posted on 2010-05-07 | by a guest


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This actually a poem talking about his dream. he wants to end racism and discrimination just like martin luther king. this poem is supposed to mean thousands of things to us. in my opinion, when he said "or does it explode" really he is talking about a dream destroyed and ruined. like its all lost and would never come true.

| Posted on 2010-05-03 | by a guest


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I think this poem is telling you how the african peoples dream defered when there wewas racism going on and the words describes the meaning of the poem like for example
like a heavy load.Or does it explode?
this line tells you thats their dream were not being accepted by the white people and their freedom of their dream.
i think this what the poem is about

| Posted on 2010-04-06 | by a guest


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the poem talks about how african americans at this time had to postpone their dreams in order to serve white pple. they all dreamed of a better life but because of all the racism and discrimination, very few black families could live out of misery. and we all know that a dream that is all differed can drive a man crazy. Just like the play written by Lorraine Hansberry, we can see how the character Walter Lee is consumed by his dream of being rich ans successful! at some point he can no longer do anything but wish that his dream become true!

| Posted on 2010-03-20 | by a guest


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I think that some people are missing the point..Yeah he said "or does it explode" it dosent literally mean your going to randomly explode..he's saying that if you give up on your dreams they will be gone in a infinite darkness that it can't escape..for you have given up and they will become virtually lost in the human mind because you've stopped them dead in their tracks and erased them from memory..and so many people losing out from a chance of a lifetime from the simple task of not finishing what they started.It's from they few that finish the task they dreamed of we have perfect examples of that like Bill Gates..well yeah i have to go people sorry..bye

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest


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Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? [A raisin is already shriveled up]
Or fester like a sore [fester- to become infected]
And then run? [The sore becomes infected and is filled with funs and then the pus runs down]
Does it stink like rotten meat? [Rotten meat smells REALLY BAD]
Or crust and sugar over-
like a syrupy sweet? [It's so sweet it's disgusting; when this line is seat outload- the tongue responds just like when someone eats something that tastes odd.. the tongue rubs up against the roof of the mouth]
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load [for once, this isn't a question like all of the ones above; this is written 'sagged'
Or does it explode? [Does it build up with tension until, like a bomb, explodes]

| Posted on 2010-02-28 | by a guest


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*Harlem*
This poem by Walter Dean Myers is very meaningful once you dig deeper into its meaning. Think of the words he uses in this poem and break it down into groups and phrases to get its real meaning. Take words and phrases like names, places, or even little quotes. If you don't know what something means in this poem then look it up or break it down farther.
Some names you should look at that is in this poem are Sugar Ray, Jack Johnson, and Joe Louis.
Places that you should look for are Small's Paradise, Striver's Row, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, and Apollo.
After seeing what these people and places are and what they mean ask yourself why Walter Dean Myers put this in his poem.

| Posted on 2010-02-18 | by a guest


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i'd have to agree with the person who posted on 2009-02-04.
Langston Hughes was a blues writer who often wrote in rhetoric. this poem in particular is a collection of rhetorical questions in the form of thoughts. In my opinion the short lines that seem to go in tangents are just that- thoughts. They can be as deep as "why is there pain in the world" or as shallow as "should i have pizza or a salad." the depth of a poem is as deep as the beholder believes it is.

| Posted on 2010-01-27 | by a guest


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This poem is really talking about a dream that is delayed for some time. He keeps wondering when and if it will ever come true. It is never truely answered until the end when he says, "Or does it explode?" This can mean one of two things. It can mean does it explode as in never come true and go away. Or it can mean does it explode as in come true and explode in a happy way. It all depends on what you think it means.

| Posted on 2010-01-14 | by a guest


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i would just like to say to the person that thinks that black people in africa hate black people in america that its a big fat lie. when i moved here, i felt lost and seeing a black person whether born here or not i was happy because i felt much closer to the person. anyway, its a shame that you think black people sold black people, that might indeed be true in some cases, some chiefs did sell their people, but does this rid the white man from what he has done to a black man. did selling the people give him the right to abuse them and treat them less of a woman. i think both sides are at fault here and the sooner we get over this rivally the better the world is going to be. it makes me really sad that a person thought that way. langson hughes might not have written eloquently but he had a good reason for not doing so. he was adressing his writings to african americans that were less educated at the time. i dont think he intended his work for a white man, bacause they would not have read his work at the time anyways.

| Posted on 2010-01-14 | by a guest


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i think people instaed of argueing with each other should state thier own opinion like the guy who told us about the 5 sences of the poem. my opinion is that there is no dream in specific its written for all dreams well its a question for al dreams. this poem also can be said to show how the poet potrays a struggle with his culture. this can also be compared with the poem called presents from my aunts in pakistan.
lol

| Posted on 2009-12-07 | by a guest


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This poem is really talking about a dream that is delayed for some time. He keeps wondering when and if it will ever come true. It is never truely answered until the end when he says, "Or does it explode?" This can mean one of two things. It can mean does it explode as in never come true and go away. Or it can mean does it explode as in come true and explode in a happy way. It all depends on what you think it means.

| Posted on 2009-11-09 | by a guest




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