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Harlem (Dream Deferred)

Harlem (Dream Deferred)


by Langston Hughes

Harlem (Dream Deferred) Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes

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Quote #1

What happens to a dream deferred? (1)

Why doesn't our speaker ask about a deferred dream instead of dream deferred? What happens to the line when the word "deferred" becomes the caboose?

Quote #2

Does it dry up (2)

If a dream were to dry up, it would lose its luster, it would lose the juice of imagination and hope. Notice how simple this line is, and how each word is contains only one syllable, as though the words themselves have dried up a wee bit.

Quote #3

Does it stink like rotten meat? (6)

When dreams are ignored, maybe they don't just go away quietly. Maybe they find a way to remind you that you are ignoring them. You can't just forget about rotten meat. It will make sure you think about it. Unlike raisins that dry in the sun, meat rots in a way that makes you have to take action.

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