Dreams Deferred

Langston Hughes, one the most prolific poets of the twentieth century wrote the well known “Dreams Deferred” poem. “Dreams Deferred” written in 1951 represents dreams and the possibility of dissolving if put on hold. Through this free verse style poem, Hughes personifies a raisin to represent the dissolving dreams and through Hughes’s diction choice and use of phrases such as “fester like a sore” and “Or crust and sugar over” argue that point. The poem is built upon uncertainty, curiosity, and quest for knowledge through the free verse syntax/form. Using a raisin and associating raisins with dream deferral is creative to me, because I wouldn’t immediately think of dried food when it comes to uncertainty or the future. Reading the poem makes me think of alternative universes, due to the reference of possibilities, uncertainty, and future.

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