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A Dream Deferred - Poetry Explication

Date Submitted: 11/27/2002 17:17:35
Category: / Society & Culture / People
Length: 3 pages (927 words)
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"A Dream Deferred" What happens to a dream deferred? (a) Does it dry up (b) like a raisin in the sun? (c) Or fester like a sore- (d) And then run? (c) Does it stink like rotten meat? (e) Or crust and sugar over- like a syrupy sweet? (e) Maybe it just sags (f) like a heavy load. (g) Or does it explode? (g) Born in Joplin, Missouri, James Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was born into …

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…theme range from foreboding to anger to gloom, creating a sense of each in the reader. Hughes' poems are an effective commentary on the experiences of blacks in Harlem and the dream that they share: a dream that, though deferred, still exists. Works Cited Bailey, A. Peter and Edith J. Slade. Harlem Today: A Cultural and Visitors Guide - Online Edition. Hughes, James Langston. Available online: http://longman.awl.com/englishpages/lit_wkbk_hughes.htm

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