Langston Hughes Quotes (Author of The Collected Poems)
Harlem by Langston Hughes a Summary and Analysis
Harlem, An Analysis of a Langston Hughes Poem The short but inspirational poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes addresses what happens to aspirations that are postponed or lost. The brief, mind provoking questions posed throughout the poem allow the readers to reflect--on the effects of delaying our dreams. In addition, the questions give indications about Hughes' views on deferred dreams. The poem consists of three stanzas that do not have a regular. Poems "Harlem" by Langston Hughes Thesis statement: Hughes wrote this when Jim Crow laws were still imposing an bitter segregated society in the South. There were still lynchings of innocent African Americans, there was no Civil Rights Movement, there was no Civil Rights legislation yet, and Blacks couldn't eat at lunch counters in the South. Harlem, however, was not at all like the South in terms of blatant, legal segregation.
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? I choose to believe that dreams deferred tend to explode.
Part 1: A Dream Deferred
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Does it stink like rotten meat? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? This slightly dark poem by Langston Hughes is something that has had special meaning for me many years now. I remember hearing it in a Nike commercial after a less than remarkable performance at a track meet back when I was first getting serious about track and field. Being young and relatively new to the sport, I had grown accustomed to improving every single time I stepped on the runway.