Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem”:

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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?

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