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Vintage Hughes - Harlem [2] Summary & Analysis

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Harlem [2] Summary

The poet asks what happens to a dream deferred and goes through several possibilities before asking if it explodes.

Harlem [2] Analysis

The dream deferred is the hope of black Americans for equality. This a hope held in the hearts of black people from the very beginning but denied them for generations before being strengthened by the emancipation of slaves and the ongoing struggle for true equality. The fact that the dream of black Americans has been perpetually deferred and never fully realized has generated a deep anger in the hearts of the people. The expression of this anger, Hughes suggests, is the explosion in the offing.

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