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

  • (6/9/2019 10:44:00 AM)

    Worst comments about one of the best poems ever..... makes me feel so so old. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/26/2019 9:33:00 PM)

    The poem is about 9/11. Bush did it to sell oil to blacks instead of them working on plantations to grow their own hemp to make diesel hybrid cars that are good for the planet and now Tesla wants you to buy his fake electric b/c he was the king of apartheid in South Africa after Mandela died and the Berenstain Bears changed their names b/c of Planet X interfering with the dimensions. Jesus was black & Ronald Reagan is the devil. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/7/2019 8:39:00 PM)

    very nice it don't make sense (Report)Reply

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  • (1/10/2019 1:31:00 PM)

    i am your mom i am your mom i am your mom i am your mom. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/24/2018 11:49:00 AM)

    i; m peeeing, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2018 11:13:00 AM)

    Very nice (Report)Reply

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  • (10/3/2018 11:01:00 PM)

    I have to memorize this whole poem and read it aloud to my class, I just wanna see if anybody from my class searched this up. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/11/2018 12:38:00 PM)

    the ?
    faq
    is
    T H I S
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  • (8/8/2018 9:10:00 AM)

    The poem poses questions about the aspirations of a people and the consequences that might arise if those dreams and hopes don't come to fruition. It also explains the African Americans plight and gave us a voice (Report)Reply

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  • (6/21/2018 12:48:00 AM)

    Dreams As Grew older n Mother to Son.Kud soak d inner pulses of d poet, Marvellous Hunt indeed. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/13/2018 6:23:00 PM)

    these ads holy are you guys poor or homeless? (Report)Reply

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  • (5/28/2018 4:45:00 PM)

    Why the F**k do you have video ads with NO VOLUME CONTROL? ? (Report)Reply

    (5/28/2018 4:52:00 PM)

    Correct - that you can't shut off. And that are over 2 minutes long. ?

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  • (5/17/2018 12:46:00 PM)

    You have to think before you get the meaning. I really like it. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/14/2018 1:32:00 PM)

    bad poem bad bad bad bad (Report)Reply

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  • (5/8/2018 5:42:00 PM)

    Add a comment.or does it explored (Report)Reply

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  • (4/20/2018 11:16:00 AM)

    Like a raising in the sun. Nicely communicated. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/19/2018 3:25:00 PM)

    He was the best of the day before I get a follow back on my way home from work to be the first half (Report)Reply

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  • (4/11/2018 6:12:00 PM)

    I don't seem to get this.: ( (Report)Reply

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  • (4/11/2018 6:11:00 PM)

    Interesting poem, but sadly, I don't seem to get it.: ( (Report)Reply

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  • (4/3/2018 4:35:00 PM)

    IT EXPLODES! OBVIOUSLY! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 2, 2015


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