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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

  • Josiah 6/18/2020 6:57:00 PM

    heres my poem
    suicide suicide wishing i were dead
    suicide suicide deep in my head
    suicide suicide cutting my wrists
    suicide suicide i'm done with this

    2 days 2 days left till i die
    2 days 2 days till the last tear i cry
    2 days 2 day until i'm all gone

    2 days 2 days till dark breaks dawn

    suicide suicide deep inside my head
    suicide suicide now i'm almost dead
    suicide suicide turn out the light
    suicide suicide good by good night
    Reply

    Bruh Moment (10/6/2020 10:24:00 AM)

    We should really vote this guy off he sounds mega sus

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  • jesslie 2/4/2020 6:35:00 PM

    from this poem remove the noun pronoun and verb Reply

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  • no youuu 2/1/2020 2:23:00 PM

    whats the metaphor here? Reply

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  • Finn.Tracy 1/6/2020 12:10:00 AM

    2559 Trout Lake Way Reply

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

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

    Is this a JOKE? ! ? (10/23/2020 10:14:00 AM)

    Who told you this? ? ? I know you didn't find this online. What you wrote is a whole lot of nonsense. You need to do your homework, sweetheart.

    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 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. Reply

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