Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Dream Deferred - Poem 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?

Comments about Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

  • kofi degato (9/23/2016 5:55:00 AM)

    Beautiful (Report) Reply

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  • gArY t (5/15/2016 6:20:00 AM)

    Mr. Hughes is a genius. Consider the times he grew up in and the audacity to include the last stanza. Wow, brilliant. (Report) Reply

  • Aabid Masroor Aabid Masroor (1/27/2016 1:10:00 AM)

    Hopes and dreams ,keep going (Report) Reply

  • Goodnews Eruemuare (10/24/2015 6:59:00 AM)

    Truly rhetoric (Report) Reply

  • Dorothea Forbes Dorothea Forbes (7/9/2010 8:11:00 PM)

    I'm a new poet to this, I'm very good at my poetry talent and gifted with my ability to use words for a mental map to the emotional side of the complicated mind. I have a few poems listed under the name of Dorothea Gift Of God. Leave me a message if you like what you read or not. :) Thx's (Report) Reply

  • Dorothea Forbes Dorothea Forbes (7/9/2010 7:59:00 PM)

    I love Langston Hughes! ! ! The way he uses his words is so creative and just hottt. (Report) Reply

  • Jo Cover (6/15/2010 9:28:00 PM)

    A Raisin in the Sun great literature text (Report) Reply

  • Eben Moreau (4/2/2010 3:31:00 AM)

    This is from a few years back and I felt, I should share it because Langston Hughes inspired me to write this. If it was'nt for him and my teacher I would of proble never wrote this thanks 'MyLifetimeDream' My deferred dream is a dream of a lifetime. It is always with me. My deferred deam is that my mom and dad will get back togather. My mom and dad were never married, but they were together for seventeen years. They had four kids, two boys and two girls. We did a lot of family things. We went to the beach togather. We went to the fair together. We always had a great time togather. Then they started fighting. All of a sudden our family just broke apart because my mom and dad split. All of us kids went with my mom. I missed my dad a lot. I loved being with my mom too. A few times they were going to get back together. It made me feel happy inside. The same fighting happened when they tried to get together. The last time they got together I just knew that they were never going to see each other again. To this day I hope that my dream will come true. It makes me feel empty. Now I know what the poem was about, that when you have a dream that doesn't come true, you feel left behind. (Report) Reply

  • Rachel D. (2/14/2010 3:22:00 AM)

    This poem is called HARLEM (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Daraghmeh (2/4/2010 9:55:00 AM)

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  • Kartik Saraf (12/30/2009 11:05:00 PM)

    this was a good poem by a great poet. wonderful job (Report) Reply

  • Tai Chi Italy (8/1/2009 6:30:00 PM)

    Lovely...but not for the dreamer. (Report) Reply

  • A . (7/16/2009 12:56:00 PM)

    good, very good................................. :) (Report) Reply

  • Necib Ilhem (6/12/2009 11:57:00 AM)

    I realy liked this poem 'Dream' because it makes me a way for thinking and for creating a good imagination about the life. So without dream the life has no meaning and human being wouldn't do any thing without it's (Report) Reply

  • Josephine De Leux (6/1/2009 6:52:00 AM)

    Grizzly man, there's no use campaigning to a dead guy. Read, darling. (Report) Reply

  • nothing over (4/27/2009 10:59:00 PM)

    Great poem, check out my poems too (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Schuff (3/20/2009 11:26:00 PM)

    Langston Hughes was very much into jazz and incorporated 'jazz tones' into many of his poems, including this 'Dream Deferred' series. Imagine these poems being played by a jazz band or scatted by a jazz singer in order to enjoy the full effect. (Report) Reply

  • Rita Shay (1/20/2009 10:07:00 PM)

    I had to memorize this for an English class. I'm glad about it. Langston makes giving up seem strange and I don't know, he just makes me want to never stop dreaming (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray Palas Kumar Ray (12/21/2008 12:24:00 AM)

    I have never thought this way! This poem compels me to think in a different way.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 2, 2015

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