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

  • jesslie (2/4/2020 6:35:00 PM)

    from this poem remove the noun pronoun and verb(Report)Reply

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  • no youuu (2/1/2020 2:23:00 PM)

    whats the metaphor here?(Report)Reply

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  • Finn.Tracy (1/6/2020 12:10:00 AM)

    2559 Trout Lake WayAlready ReportedReply

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (12/26/2019 8:38:00 AM)

    A lot to think over here. Al these are possible dear poet! Beautiful writing style(Report)Reply

    uno reverse card(3/3/2020 8:16:00 PM)

    this was written in the 1920s bro

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  • darkleelee (10/24/2019 7:05:00 PM)

    wussup bruh I be chillin all day
    lol
    got e
    idk what to say(Report)Reply

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  • titus (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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  • Salvia (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

    What? ? ? ?(3/27/2020 8:23:00 PM)

    This poem was written in the 1950s for the Harlem reniansese I the early 1920s? ? ? I should know. I wrote a 5 page academic paper on the meaning, history and structure of the poem. And in case you don't know (which I doubt you do) the Harlem renisassce was simply a time period where black men and women threw themselves in the arts (poetry, music, painting, etc..) not to mention everything you wrote has absolute nothing to do with this poem.

    You''re Stupid(2/20/2020 1:56:00 PM)

    You arrogant, idle brained troll..this poem was written about 100 years before 9.11

    darkleelee(10/24/2019 7:06:00 PM)

    that makes sense though I get what you mean

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  • jjtjjtj (2/7/2019 8:39:00 PM)

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

    Person(5/29/2020 9:13:00 AM)

    symbolism...

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  • your mom (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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  • Peeing MAn (11/24/2018 11:49:00 AM)

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

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  • Sagun Mishra (10/13/2018 11:13:00 AM)

    Very nice(Report)Reply

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  • Harrison N. (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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  • somradierboi (9/11/2018 12:38:00 PM)

    the ?
    faq
    is
    T H I S(Report)Reply

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  • Melissa L (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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  • Prin. Kullur nagappa . Listened attntively n with (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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  • Billy (6/13/2018 6:23:00 PM)

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

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  • Greg5characters (5/28/2018 4:45:00 PM)

    Why the F**k do you have video ads with NO VOLUME CONTROL? ?Already ReportedReply

    Greg5characters(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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  • mackeon senior (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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  • sam buck (5/14/2018 1:32:00 PM)

    bad poem bad bad bad bad(Report)Reply

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  • saint vick (5/8/2018 5:42:00 PM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 2, 2015


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