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

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

    Truly rhetoric (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

  • Rookie Jo Cover (6/15/2010 9:28:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Rachel D. (2/14/2010 3:22:00 AM)

    This poem is called HARLEM (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Mohammad Daraghmeh (2/4/2010 9:55:00 AM)

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

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

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

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

  • Rookie - 0 Points A . (7/16/2009 12:56:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

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

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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 288 Points 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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  • Rookie E Cook (12/9/2008 4:25:00 PM)

    I always thought this poem was called 'A Dream Deferred', but its actually called 'Harlem.' One of my favorites... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tierra B. (9/23/2008 10:24:00 PM)

    This was the first poem i ever memorized. He has such a way with words that make you think of deeper meanings to the words. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Daniel Ronan (9/5/2008 8:57:00 AM)

    This poem is great because it is timeless. Langston Hughes probably wrote it about something specific he was feeling, but it can be applied to so many different things other than that. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Erik Lee (8/31/2008 9:23:00 PM)

    I love how all the metaphors relate to something in nature that happens naturally. Natural tension, hm... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 2, 2015

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