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The Forgotten Dream In A Dream Deferred By Langston Hughes

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Although Langston Hughes’s poem “A Dream Deferred” may look small and basic at first glance, there are many hidden meanings significant to the poem’s important meaning. First of all, what one may initially notice is the odd format of the poem. One line is essentially asking the question of “what happens to a dream deferred?” and the lines below it, all indented, offer some possible explanations. Finally, this poem closes off with one final possible answer in italics questioning whether the dream deferred “explodes”. When offering possible explanations, Hughes uses similes when describing all his explanations aside from the last one. Furthermore, all the similes provided compare the ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, there are more challenges in this poem when it comes to the rhyme scheme. Even though this is a free verse poem, there are three rhymes inconsistently placed in this poem. (The rhyme scheme is A-B-C-B-D-E-D-F-G-G). Two rhymes lie within the questions that are asked while the third rhyme is a couplet in the last two rhymes of the poem separated by a break. The best reason for Hughes to have done a rhyme scheme like this would be to frustrate the reader since he is trying to show the frustration he feels with the progress of Harlem and people who delay going after their dreams.
In Langston Hughes’s other poem “I Too”, much more emphasis is placed on the idea of fighting racism and realizing that everyone is an American, regardless of skin color. What is interesting about this poem is that it is as if this poem is not a poem at all. Along with this free verse poem containing no rhymes, much of this poem could be simply put into sentences and look like it was written by an elementary school student. However, Hughes probably decided to space his words out more by having lines with one or two words on them to add emphasis to his central idea. Hughes also stresses an idea of patriotism and pride in one’s country. Hughes wants to see America grow to be stronger than ever which will be much easier once people begin to work together. The speaker of this poem appears to be someone from the Jim Crow Era representing the black community and their thoughts. Just because someone may be of a different race should not mean that their reason for coming to America or being an American is any different from...

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