Essay on Langston Hughes: in the Beginning There Was Language

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In The Beginning, There Was Language A dream is a hope, a wish, and an aspiration. Everyone has dreams about what they want to be when they grow up, how they want to live, whom they want to marry and how their life will turn out. However, not all dreams can come true right away. Many of them are just out of reach and can only be attained by hard work, leadership and determination. The poem "A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes is an example of just that, a dream that is just simply out of reach. So what happens to a dream deferred? Deferred, defined by The New American Webster Dictionary, means to put off, delay or postpone something to a later date. Poetry is filled with many different aspects of poetic language just a few of them …show more content…
A raisin can still be of use just not for as many things as a plump grape.
The next one compares a dream deferred to a festering "sore" (4). A sore that never completely heals can grow bad and cause infection in the body. In applying that thought to a dream that cannot be realized, you come up with a dream that has become somewhat of a burden for the owner, like that of a festering sore. If the owner does not attend to and properly care for the sore and it does in fact become infected that could cause more problems for the dream that will not only be deferred but maybe never even realized. The poet just can't seem to realize the dream instead it just sits there like an infection that continually reminds him it is yet to be accomplished.
Does a dream deferred, "stink like rotten meat" (6)? To imagine a dream that is stinking like rotten meat is disgusting. What once was a beautiful, tender filet has wasted away into a piece of stinking rotten meat. The meat is still edible but could probably make one very sick if not be deadly. So to look at the dream as if it is meat, if the dream is not ‘eaten' or ‘prepared' then it could just sit there and rot over and become of no use to anyone.
Later in the poem, the dream in question is thought of as a "crusted over syrupy sweet" (8). Sweets are always a treat for anyone, but what if a syrupy sweet sits too long? It will

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