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

  • (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

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

    Please, boycott.

    3 person liked.
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  • (3/27/2018 11:28:00 AM)


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

  • (2/28/2018 2:10:00 PM)


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

  • (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

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


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

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


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

  • (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

  • (9/11/2011 7:25:00 PM)


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

    (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


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