The dreams we all experience whilst sleeping? Or will they just sit there with none of your attention? And sometimes the dream just explodes like a pressurized container. Or fester like a sore— And then run? He clearly reveals that after years of tolerating mistreatment, he certainly feels like giving way to anger, or exploding. We will first try and understand the poem in more general context and then we will put the poem in the context of lives of American black in 50s when this poem was composed. This line makes us think of deserts and summers and heat. Line 8 like a syrupy sweet? Posted on 2013-01-24 by a guest.
It can mean does it explode as in never come true and go away. Places that you should look for are Small's Paradise, Striver's Row, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, and Apollo. They might remain hanging to you like a burden on your conscience, sometimes their load absolutely impossible to carry. Each comparison tells us a quality of a postponed dream and attempts to paint a picture. It expresses their anguish over how they could not become a part of the great American Dream.
Langston Hughes writes this poem in response to what he felt, having his own literary genius be kept segregated from that of his white counterparts. The poet expresses in his words the pain of those millions of African Americans whose dreams have always remained dreams and then lost their meaning and relevance like the water in their eyes dries up. Though they were liberated and granted the rights to vote by federal laws, the blacks were marginalized in all other significant spheres as they were limited to segregated schools. With this final question, Hughes implies that one can only carry a heavy load for so long. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. It merely puts before us some tentative examples. Or the poet imagines, it might stink like rotten flesh.
He implies with this line that something is about to happen. The dream of racial equality grows in the body like a sore. The actions linked to these items suggest what might happen to the dream, such as rotting and dying or weighing down the conscience of the people. Just like the play written by Lorraine Hansberry, we can see how the character Walter Lee is consumed by his dream of being rich ans successful! What can be a reason that a dream was deferred? The poem does not just speak of the unfulfilled dreams of the African Americans but also questions the limitations placed on these people by the white society that have turned lives of people of color into a bad dream. Constitution as approved in the post-Civil War period established basic rights to black Americans as American citizens.
We ordinarily do not compare a dream with these things like load or sore. Other Figurative Language Many other examples of figurative language are found throughout the poem, helping to reinforce the vivid imagery. The whole poem Harlem is built into the structure of rhetoric. When the burden gets unbearable it explodes? The third paragraph forms the only sentences that is not a question. There will be no disease of materialistic desires. Something happens but the speaker isn't quite certain what.
Black people were given the dreams of equity and equality. This comparison is the most exquisite. What Happens To A Dream Deferred? That it can be tasted, but not eaten whole-heartedly. Or it can mean does it explode as in come true and explode in a happy way. According to him, he wants a world where everybody be it White or Black, will have access to the resources without any discrimination. This simile likens the original dream to a grape, which is round, juicy, green and fresh. Supreme Court declared in 1896 Plessy v.
It will wither up and die, just like the raisin in the sun. At the time he wrote this poem, the slaves had been free nearly ninety years, and yet were still not treated as equals. Lost dreams can rot and leave behind their stink in human memory or sometimes they might be remembered with a sweet pain. I think this poem is telling you how the african peoples dream defered when there wewas racism going on and the words describes the meaning of the poem like for example like a heavy load. In the last sentence, the poet asks and probably warms if deferred dreams explode. The poem is about the lost dreams of the millions of African Americans. Due to Spam Posts are moderated before posted.
When the burden gets unbearable it explodes? Posted on 2010-10-06 by a guest. One dreams only when one possesses hope, the person who does not possess any hope loses the capacity to dream. Where did they come from? Langston Hughes also wrote novels, stories, essays and articles throughout his career but it's mainly as a poet that he gained recognition. Hughes has compared a dream with several things in the poem from a dried raisin to a running sore. He was part of the Harlem Renaissance, an artistic movement of African Americans which played a major role in establishing names during the 1920s and 30s. He asks, Or does it explode? Posted on 2010-11-19 by a guest. It is because of constant inner turmoil.