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"Harlem," by Langston Hughes

Author: Langston Hughes

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What happens to a dream deferred?

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JALAYA ELLISON (Apr 08 2019 9:36AM) : what he's saying is most of what happens when you postpone your dreams. Why use deferred and not another word like postponed?
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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?

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JALAYA ELLISON (Apr 08 2019 9:40AM) : This poem was written in the 50s so I think it connects to the struggle of blacks and how many had to throw them away postpone them because it wasn't really their time to follow it.
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Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

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Or does it explode?

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Langston Hughes, “Harlem” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes. Reprinted with the permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated. Source: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Random House Inc., 1990)

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DMU Timestamp: March 29, 2019 18:11

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (May 08 2019 9:48AM) : The poem asks what happens to a dream that you put off or postpone. Hughes is contemplating what happens when you put off your dreams and if they are still there for you when you want to get back to them.
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