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Harlem Summary
Langston Hughes

Everything you need to understand or teach Harlem by Langston Hughes.

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Harlem Summary

Introduction

The brief poem "Harlem" introduces themes that   run throughout Langston Hughes s volume Montage of a Dream Deferred and throughout his ca reer as a poet. This volume, published in 1951, focuses on the conditions of a people whose dreams have been limited, put off, or lost in post-World War II Harlem. Hughes claimed that ninety percent of his work attempted "to explain and illuminate the Negro condition in America." As a result of this focus, Hughes was dubbed "the poet laureate of Harlem." The poem "Harlem" questions the social consequences of so many deferred dreams, hinting at the resentment and racial strife that eventually erupted with the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and continues today. Asking "what happens to a dream deferred?" the poem sketches a series of images of decay and waste, representing the dream (or the dreamer's) fate. While many of the potential...

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