Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Dream Deferred - Poem by Langston Hughes

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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

  • Tom Allport (12/23/2016 10:07:00 AM)

    tom allport
    in a puff of smoke, who knows? (Report) Reply

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  • (10/29/2016 11:00:00 AM)


    I have quoted lines from this poem many times in my life. I admire it so. The play and movie titled A Raisin In The Sun are equally to be appreciated. (Report) Reply

  • (9/23/2016 5:55:00 AM)


    Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Levester Green Ii (9/21/2016 6:09:00 PM)


    MY FAVORITE POEM! QUITE INSPIRING & TRUTHFUL! ~ (Report) Reply

  • (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 (1/27/2016 1:10:00 AM)


    Hopes and dreams ,keep going (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2015 6:59:00 AM)


    Truly rhetoric (Report) Reply

  • 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 (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

  • (6/15/2010 9:28:00 PM)


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

  • (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

  • (2/14/2010 3:22:00 AM)


    This poem is called HARLEM (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2010 9:55:00 AM)


    if you and everyone could comment on my new poem. I'm new here and would love some comments. Thank you in advance.

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  • (12/30/2009 11:05:00 PM)


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

  • (8/1/2009 6:30:00 PM)


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

  • (7/16/2009 12:56:00 PM)


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

  • (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

  • (6/1/2009 6:52:00 AM)


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

  • (4/27/2009 10:59:00 PM)


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

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 2, 2015


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