Here’s a famous excerpt from Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem”:
What happens to a dream deferred?
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?
How do you think three of the African-American writers we have read in this class (among them, Booker T. Washington, WEB DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and even Hughes himself [in his poem “Theme for English B”]) would respond to this poem? Where would they agree and disagree with one another? Why?