The poetry of Langston Hughes, the poet laureate of Harlem, is an effective commentary on the condition of blacks in America during the 20th Century. Hughes places particular emphasis on Harlem, a black area in New York that became a destination of many hopeful blacks in the first half of the 1900ís. In much of Hughes' poetry, a theme that runs throughout is that of a "dream deferred." The recurrence of a"dream deferred" in several Hughes poems paints a clear picture of the disappointment and dismay that blacks in America faced in Harlem. Furthermore, as each poem develops, so does the feeling behind a"dream deferred," growing more serious and even angry with each new stanza.<br><br>To understand Hughes' idea of the"dream deferred," one must have an understanding of the history of Harlem. First intended to be an upper class white community, Harlem was the home of many fancy brownstones that attracted wealthy whites. Between 1906 and 1910, when whites were forcing blacks out of their neighborhoods in uptown Manhattan, the blacks began to move into Harlem. Due to racial fears, the whites in the area moved out. Between 1910 and the early 1940's, more blacks began flooding into the area from all over the world, fleeing from the racial intolerance of the South and the economic problems of the Caribbean and Latin America. Eventually Harlem became an entirely black area. However, this town once filled with much potential soon became riddled with overpopulation, exploitation, and poverty. Thus, what awaited new arrivals was not a dream; rather, it was a"dream deferred" (Harlem Today).<br><br>Hughes' first poem"Harlem" clearly outlines the"dream deferred" theme, setting the pace for the poems to follow. The first line of this poem is"What happens to a dream deferred?" In the case of this poem, the dream is of the promise of Harlem, and what blacks hoped to find there: opportunity, better living conditions, and freedom from racial intolerance. When blacks arrived in Harlem,
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"What Happens to a Dream Deferred?"
Langston Hughes was a prolific writer. In the forty years between his first book in 1926 and his death in 1967, he devoted his life to writing and lecturing. Hughes was seen as one of the leaders in the Harlem renaissance, which was an unprecedented outburst of creative activity among African-Americans in the 1920 's. In 1951, Hughes published a volume of poetry titled Montague of a Dream Deferred in which his poem "Harlem" can be found. This poem is one man….
Langston Hughes poem titled “Dream Deferred” is a poetic masterpiece explaining how delaying our dreams we only result in them diminishing or getting lost overall. Langston Hughes was is an African-American poet and social activist who was born on February 1st in the early 1900s (1902). Growing up and eventually becoming a social activist in New York. Langston Hughes was a subject of racism and being told “no” for him living in the years before the 1960s were racism was some what tolerated in America….
certain level of success and acceptance. It could thus be said that we likely have a dream we hope to achieve. In "Harlem (A Dream Deferred)", Langston Hughes makes use of powerful sensory imagery, figures of speech, and rhyme to show the emotions created when a dream is deferred, or not achieved.
Hughes uses rhetorical questions with similes to show his opinion of unfulfilled dreams. He suggests that deferred dreams, ¡°like a raisin in the sun¡¦like a sore¡¦ like rotten meat¡¦ like a heavy load,¡±….
Langston Hughes' Harlem:Dream Deferred
An analysis of Hughes' Harlem [Dream Deffered]; How black people are kept down in society.
In Hughes' Harlem [Dream Deferred], at least to me, it seems as though he is "talking" from the perspective of a local from the Harlem Renaissance, who finally has the ability to dream of a better life, but not achieve it. The problem was that many of these people's ideas of the time was just that; dreams could be easily made, and never made to come true. It sounds like….
A dream is a goal in life, not just dreams experienced during sleep. Most people use their dreams as a way of setting future goals for themselves. Dreams can help to assist people in getting further in life because it becomes a personal accomplishment. Langston Hughes's poem "Dream Deferred" is speaks about what happens to dreams when they are put on hold. The poem leaves it up to the reader to decide what dream is being questioned.
In the opening of the poem the speaker uses….
In the poem “Harlem ( A Dream Deferred)” by Langston Hughes, he talks about dreams. Dreams that society has, dreams that he has. Not a dream that you have while your sleeping but a dream that you have and want to pursue. He addresses the questions of what happens when a persons dreams are destroyed. The author uses a lot of visual, descriptive language to try and show that nothing good can come from not achieving your dreams. For example he compares not realizing a dream to the stench of rotten….
Langston Hughes was part of the Harlem Renaissance and was known as "the poet laureate of Harlem." His poems tell of the joys and miseries of the ordinary black man in America. In Hughes' poem "Dream Deferred" he uses figures of speech, tone, and a unifying theme to show how black people's dreams were delayed.
Hughes uses similes and metaphors--figures of speech--to portray that often times their dreams never came true. He asks if they "dry up like a raisin in the sun," if they "fester like a sore….
The poem A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes basically describes what happens to dreams when they are put on hold. The speaker in the poem originally entitled it Harlem, which is the capital of African-American life in the United States. The title was changed to accommodate all dreams in general, and what happens when people postpone making them come true. The speakers attitude toward the poem is an advice-giving attitude. The poet doesnt want people to postpone getting what they want. The poem is….
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Read the Langston Hughes poem "Dream Deferred" again:
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?
Look up definitions for the words defer and fester and write….
A dream cast aside can rankle a person’s will in the deepest of ways. It tends to permeate their every thought and becomes an unshakable burden. In the poem “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” by Langston Hughes, the language used describes how a suspended goal can frustratingly linger. The writer first poses a question: “What happens to a dream deferred?” He then compares a postponed dream to a dried up raisin or a festering sore, giving a reader the idea of how treacherous it can be to put off one’s goals….