A Dream Deferred

A Dream Deferred
1. After reading ‘Dream Deferred’ by Langston Hughes I felt kind of inspired not to put my dreams on the back burner. The poem was a little depressing considering all of the negative things that happen to a dream deferred but, at the same time it was uplifting because it inspired me to not put aside my dreams so often. The poem makes me want to act on my dreams rather than let them rot in the back of my mind. I feel like if you want something you should go get it because, according to this poem, a dream deferred is bad news. Overall, I liked this poem a lot because of its relevant message and unpleasant yet effective imagery.

2. Throughout the poem ‘Dream Deferred’ by Langston Hughes the author graphically lists several bad consequences of postponing our desires. He suggests that if we shelve our wishes or goals or aspirations they will become worthless, devalued or burdensome. The overall tone of the poem is overwhelmingly negative but yet it manages to send a positive message. In line 4, Hughes compares a dream deferred to an oozing sore implying that a lingering dream will eventually become like an infection in which the only cure is to fulfill the desire. In the last line of ‘Dream Deferred’ Hughes asks the question [what happens to a dream deferred] . . . does it explode? This line suggests the ultimate worst outcome of a dream deferred, self-destruction. The word “explode” is connotative of a ticking bomb. In this case the ticking bomb is inside the subjects head. The “explosion” may be representative of the moment when a person comes to realize that their dream is no longer obtainable. Hughes suggests that if we put a dream aside for long enough we will lose all hope of it ever being accomplished and, therefore, the dream will essentially die. As a result of this explosion the individual may become depressed, angry or filled with regret. The message behind this poem is that the time is now to accomplish our goals, if we put them aside it...
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