It's an elementary example, but a good lesson about holding onto your dreams no matter the obstacle. During the 1930s, Hughes would frequently travel the United States on lecture tours, and also abroad to the Soviet Union, Japan, and Haiti. Does it stink like rotten meat? Line 1 What happens to a dream deferred? The dreams remain in the mind like a heavy load. For example, life without dreams is a 'broken-winged bird' and later a 'barren field. The poem itself consists of sixteen lines.
It is necessary to analyze each image in terms of the feelings of the speaker, rather than finding out the objective qualities of the image though that is unavoidable. Unlike other notable black poets of the period—Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, and Countee Cullen—Hughes refused to differentiate between his personal experience and the common experience of black America. They become small and withered. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. It reminds us of both bombs and fireworks.
It could then be said that all of us live a dream. This nostalgic look at Africa was typical of the work of many writers at that time. In other worlds, their dream never came true. While telling readers to hold onto these dreams, Hughes also tells them what will happen if they let go. Knopf, 1947 Freedom's Plow Musette Publishers, 1943 Shakespeare in Harlem Alfred A. There were other little white kids, 6 and 7 years old, who picked up stones and threw them back at their fellow classmates, and defend me, and saw that I got home safely. Chicago: American Library Association, 1998.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. It would be like living life just for the sake living. Some of these individual dreams inevitably become the collective dream of many people. Langston Hughes was a prominent figure in writing about the struggles of African Americans. The dream will constantly sit there like an itch on your arm always making you think about it while doing everything else.
He wishes for a carefree life away from color persecution and racial discrimination. The words and phrases, Or fester like a sore 4 , and Or crust and sugar over 7 are both symbolic of the hard manual labor that African-Americans had during the early 1900s. Hence, one should always hold on to our dreams, and try to fulfill them. Happens to a Dream Deferred? In this stanza, the poet expresses his desire for freedom and a greed-free world. As I looked at each question I found out what those affects are. We shall always try our best to fulfill our drams and work in the direction of achieving them.
A raisin is already dried up and nutritious. It's a problem of people who are not very knowledgeable, or have small minds, or small spirits. Well, actually, raisins begin as grapes and gradually lose their juice when they are put out in the sun. In this phrase, the author has used a beautiful metaphor to explain the essence of dreams. Poems and Other Works 'The Weary Blues' In November 1924, Hughes returned to the United States and worked various jobs.
Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. Floorboards sag from the weight of too many people and too much furniture over the years. This concept is given that focal-point importance in a manner that also allows the reader to quickly grasp what the point of this poem is. Between 1920 and 1930, a movement was followed by African Americans across the United States known as the Harlem Renaissance see Great Days In Harlem. Or may be they explode with a bang shaking your soul and leaving the dreamer feeling devastated.
It would not serve any benefits to anyone. His desire to find a tall, slim tree remains incomplete in the city. Although his life story reveals that he did not explode, but rather expressed not only his dissatisfaction with society, but his intellect and literary genius in such a way as to prove wrong the discrimination that oppressed him and to pave the way for many others to follow in the pursuit of civil rights for African Americans. Line 11 Or does it explode? If one can't ever actualize their dream, does it dry up? The last line of this poem is written in italics, which causes the reader to pay extra close attention to the emphasis put on this final question. It is just as easy to relate this poem to dreams in general. This second question of the poem, relating to festering like a sore, paints a grotesque picture for the readers, one which can help them to strongly identify with the disgust Hughes feels. He says that if we let our dreams go, then life is not just a waste, but it is like a barren land.
However, the last line emphasizes that such a world can only exist in a dream-vision such as the one Hughes has articulated for his readers. This action symbolizes a dream. This image gives an emotional effect of a dream deferred shriveling up and turning dark because the sun has baked it. He is completely engrossed in the rural area. By using questions he builds the poem towards an exciting climax. Dream Deferred A dream is a goal in life, not just dreams experienced during sleep. Until the time of his death, he spread his message humorously—though always seriously—to audiences throughout the country, having read his poetry to more people possibly than any other American poet.
If the dreams die, life will become like a broken-winged bird. Through this poem Langston Hughes examines the possible effects caused by the dream, when they are constantly deferred. According to him, life is meaningless in the absence of dreams. He has chosen his words carefully and deliberately to help the reader understand the importance of having dreams and holding on tight to them. There will be no disease of materialistic desires. We must keep living our lives.