Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

What are the motifs in Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes?

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Dreams is one motif that weaves itself through this entire volume. In fact, the concept of the dream, a dream or the act of dreaming appears no fewer than 17 times in this collection. In each piece, the characters and/or narrator talk about dreams in both literal and figurative terms. For instance, in the poem "As I Grew Older" the speaker reminisces about times past and the nature of the dream he had as a young man. Most importantly, however, the dream motif is most prevalent in the penultimate section entitled "Montage of a Dream Deferred."