Poetry Sunday: Harlem by Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American poet of the twentieth century who gave voice to the experiences and aspirations of African-Americans. This is one of his more famous poems.


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?


  1. I like it! I read and analyzed this poem in a lit class in college.

    1. I believe this particular poem is an integral part of many lit classes.

  2. One of my favorites! Thank you Dorothy!!

  3. Replies
    1. I think that was probably the effect he was trying to achieve.


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