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Vintage Hughes - Study Guide Dream Boogie Summary & Analysis

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Dream Boogie Summary

This poem asks whether you have heard the boogie-woogie rumble of a dream deferred. It asks the reader to listen closely to the beating out of a beat which the "you" of the poem has assumed is a happy beat. The poet claims that he/she is happy and the poem ends with several be-bop sound-exclamations.

Dream Boogie Analysis

This poem is about the double-consciousness of the African American who is afflicted even in his happiness. "You think it's a happy beat?" asks the poet, implying that the beat is actually the sound of a dream deferred—of hopes that have been dashed. Sure, I'm happy, says the poet, and his duplicity here is not exactly sarcasm or obfuscation, for he is happy. It's just that even his happiness is tainted with pain.

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