“Dream Deferred (Harlem)” Langston Hughes poem EXAMPLE of Harlem Renaissance literature



Dream Deferred (Harlem)

By Langston Hughes

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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13 thoughts on ““Dream Deferred (Harlem)” Langston Hughes poem EXAMPLE of Harlem Renaissance literature

  • August 30, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    En espaniol:

    "¿Qué le pasa a un sueño postergado?
    ¿Se seca como una pasa al sol?
    ¿O supura, como una llaga, y luego corre?
    ¿Apesta como la carne podrida?
    ¿O se endurece y se azucara, como un jarabe dulce?
    Tal vez solo se hunde como una carga pesada.
    ¿O explota?"

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  • August 30, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    Thanks for sharing. I read this to my 8yr old son whose is learning about the Great Migration. Langston Hughes has a way of simply explaining the life of African Americans on their journey during this time.

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  • August 30, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    I had to read this as a kid in grade school, I couldn't appreciate it at all. It's nice to see things with a mature perspective now

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  • August 30, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    People are probably saying! Who is langston hughes ? Well this is one of his poems

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  • August 30, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    I was just rejected to six schools, all of them dream schools, so I guess I'll be listening to this a lot in the coming weeks…

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  • August 30, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    SO helpful hearing the poet read it himself – and the force in that final line

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