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Dream Variations Analysis



Author: poem of Langston Hughes Type: poem Views: 97

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To fling my arms wide

In some place of the sun,

To whirl and to dance

Till the white day is done.

Then rest at cool evening

Beneath a tall tree

While night comes on gently,

    Dark like me-

That is my dream!



To fling my arms wide

In the face of the sun,

Dance! Whirl! Whirl!

Till the quick day is done.

Rest at pale evening...

A tall, slim tree...

Night coming tenderly

    Black like me.






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You are ALL wrong it is about a cow who is black and white...duh!

| Posted on 2013-04-29 | by a guest


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He is saying the black like me in a negative connotation which is a signal that black equals bad

| Posted on 2013-03-11 | by a guest


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what is the alliteration lines for dream variations by langston hughes?

| Posted on 2012-05-10 | by a guest


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I think when Mr. Hughes states \'tall slim tree, dark like me\' he means Jim Crow laws get concluded or Martin Luther King Jr/ Rosa Parks. comes.

| Posted on 2012-04-16 | by a guest


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\"To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,\" to me, indicates that \"some place of the sun\" means; where there is sunlight. In this scenario, where there is sunlight, there is freedom. To fling my arms wide? To whirl and to dance? Now he is dancing, and embracing the current circumstances he is under. Freedom.
\"Till the white day is done.\" I\'m presuming means, when the white race is gone, or has left.
He\'ll rest beneath a tall tree until the night sky is as \"Dark like me-\" the color, black.
That is his dream, meaning it has yet to happen.
There seems to be a repition in the second paragraph with a minor setback, and a few changes.
Whereas in the first paragraph it says \"in some place of the sun\" it now says \"in the face of the sun,\"
I believe that means the sun has now shone x meaning that there is limited sunlight.
THE FACE OF THE SUN seems to represent the sun shining everywhere else.
\"Till the quick day is done\" kinda confuses me. Maybe its suggesting that the segregation, racism, and prejudicism will pass swiftly.
He\'ll rest at a pale evening; meaning he\'ll rest one day, with white people? Pale, indicating the white race? That he will one day be able to come to terms with them?
A tall, slim tree...
Night coming tenderly,
Black like me.

| Posted on 2011-10-03 | by a guest


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\"To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,\" to me, indicates that \"some place of the sun\" means; where there is sunlight. In this scenario, where there is sunlight, there is freedom. To fling my arms wide? To whirl and to dance? Now he is dancing, and embracing the current circumstances he is under. Freedom.
\"Till the white day is done.\" I\'m presuming means, when the white race is gone, or has left.
He\'ll rest beneath a tall tree until the night sky is as \"Dark like me-\" the color, black.
That is his dream, meaning it has yet to happen.
There seems to be a repition in the second paragraph with a minor setback, and a few changes.
Whereas in the first paragraph it says \"in some place of the sun\" it now says \"in the face of the sun,\"
I believe that means the sun has now shone x meaning that there is limited sunlight.
THE FACE OF THE SUN seems to represent the sun shining everywhere else.
\"Till the quick day is done\" kinda confuses me. Maybe its suggesting that the segregation, racism, and prejudicism will pass swiftly.
He\'ll rest at a pale evening; meaning he\'ll rest one day, with white people? Pale, indicating the white race? That he will one day be able to come to terms with them?
A tall, slim tree...
Night coming tenderly,
Black like me.

| Posted on 2011-10-03 | by a guest


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. Langston Hughes is simply saying that his dream is to dance during the day, and to rest at night.
He means he would like to live in a world where what a man can do is not determined by the colour of his skin

| Posted on 2011-08-16 | by a guest


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i have no idea what this poem is about. can anybody post the meaning of this poem.
Thank You

| Posted on 2011-03-28 | by a guest


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This poem seems like it is about segregation, even though langston hughes is making the best of his life.

| Posted on 2010-12-09 | by a guest


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I think that it may also have related to races and segregation. This is because where it says "in some place of the sun" could mean a place where only white people are allowed. It also says "white day is done" this could signify end of white supremacy. "while night comes on gently" could mean as black people move into the light and are excepted by all Like him. And then it says the reality of them being forced to do things and being mistreated and so on.

| Posted on 2010-06-17 | by a guest


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The poem “Dream Variations” by Langston Hughes is a powerful poem about a
black man’s dream and reality. At first glance this poem seems to suggest
that there are two variations of one dream, however, there is only one
variation. This “dream variation” is illustrated in the first paragraph. On
the other hand, the second paragraph is an illustration of reality.
The first paragraph of this poem clearly gives the reader a sense of warmth
and dreamlike atmosphere. It is marked by calm and warm lines and
adjectives. Lines such as “To whirl and to dance”, “While night comes on
gently”, and “In some place of the sun”; and adjectives such as “gently”,
“cool”, and “white” reinforce this warm, dreamlike atmosphere. This sense
of dreamlike atmosphere is also amplified by the use of assonance and
rhyme. While the reader reads the repeating and assonating sounds, the
warmth and dreamy atmosphere reverberates in his head.
Contrary to the first paragraph, the second paragraph is harsh sounding. It
is very direct, it is stripped of warmth, and does not have a dream-like
atmosphere—it is reality. In the first paragraph, the author says “To whirl
and to dance” now he says “Dance! Whirl! Whirl!” as if someone is forcing
him to dance and whirl. Also, in the first paragraph he says “In some place
of the sun” now he says “In the face of the sun” as if the sun is staring
down at him in contempt. Subtle changes are the difference between these
two paragraphs; however, these subtleties are what portray the sense of
harshness and realism
Lovely L.K

| Posted on 2010-01-05 | by a guest




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