Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Harlem [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 Harlem [dream Deferred] by Langston Hughes

  • Maurice (6/7/2020 4:13:00 AM)

    What I am hearing is a computer voice reading poetry without emotion or understanding of the rhythm of the poem. Poems are meant to be read aloud by humans who can read with expression and those who have never experienced that will be wounded by this.
    I know that real humans are expensive but it is an offense against all poetry and language to let a computer voice read poetry!(Report)Reply

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  • Nba weez (1/11/2019 5:11:00 AM)

    I love the way he expressed dreams(Report)Reply

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  • Charisma Wooten (5/27/2018 9:26:00 PM)

    Please hire a real Black actor to read Black Poetry. It is so offensive to hear great works of poetry read by some nondescript dried out computer voice white woman. I makes my stomach curl. There are a plethora of men and women who can read with truth and zealotry. Can this nonsense before we, BLACK folks, have to boycott you and your non-artistic actors. Please, in the name of Jesus, Pah-leeze!(Report)Reply

    Ski Mask The Slump God(4/3/2019 9:41:00 PM)

    You complain to much
    Get a life

    C. Reed(2/24/2019 10:33:00 AM)

    https: //www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/listen-to-poetry
    beautiful reading by Rita Dove
    no poem shouldn't be read by a computer.. black, white, hispanic or otherwise

    James(5/28/2018 9:53:00 AM)

    Please, boycott.

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  • Ferrari fxx evoluzione lover (3/27/2018 11:28:00 AM)

    I love this poem. It expresses what Langston hughes calls a dream deffered(Report)Reply

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  • Chester Nut (2/28/2018 2:10:00 PM)

    This is also wack like the other one. Make better poems, PLEASE(Report)Reply

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  • Sara Betru (5/27/2015 1:52:00 PM)

    love the way in which he expresses dreams... such vivid day to day things and yet dreams aren't that tangible and it just makes u wonder: What does happen to all the dreams we had that didn't happen? ? ?(Report)Reply

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  • Barnicalboy MermaidmanBarnicalboy Mermaidman (12/11/2014 9:52:00 AM)

    does it explode in her mouth like a heavy load ooohhhhhh(Report)Reply

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  • Barnicalboy MermaidmanBarnicalboy Mermaidman (12/11/2014 9:49:00 AM)

    does his heavy load explode in her mouth oooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh(Report)Reply

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  • Simone Callender-lindo (8/22/2012 8:19:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem. I love it so much. Maybe because it reflects pieces of my life that i hope to correct. Langston Hughes is also my favorite poet, his works are very deep in meaning and well put together.(Report)Reply

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  • Sherisa Schumake (9/11/2011 7:25:00 PM)

    i learned this in 3rd grade. thanks ms.kennedy(Report)Reply

    jada hunter(1/24/2018 1:02:00 PM)

    you no mrs.kennedy also if we ware talking about the same one she goes to wintervile elementary

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, April 1, 2011