GradeSaver, 8 February 2014 Web. He declares he is an American and should have the rights to stand on his two feet and own his land, supported by lines 7 through 9. Like a raisin, a dream deferred shrivels up and turns dark because the sun has baked it. The poem is in the First Person, and it's not about eating, although this metaphor is used throughout the poem. This deplorable plight of the black and building resentment between the black and the white were the reasons for this poem was penned down by Langston Hughes, one of the torchbearers of Harlem Renaissance. This is his dream deferred.
It is clear that Hughes believes that the African American people cannot tolerate the way they have been treated in society for much longer. If you don't hold fast to dreams, you have wasted your life. If you don't, I guess you have no feelings. In the opening of the poem the speaker uses… 685 Words 3 Pages Importance of Achieving Dreams It is true that people often dream widely and unrealistically. This creates rationale for delivering the advice since people, to Hughes, can avoid such a fate.
He also uses the simile, ¡°like a syrupy sweet,¡± to possibly show that, above all, the dream itself is what people enjoy, not the accomplishment. They were bestowed with sores by their brutal masters. It had already been nearly ninety years since the African American people were freed and given rights as human beings. He edited the anthologies The Poetry of the Negro and The Book of Negro Folklore, wrote an acclaimed autobiography, The Big Sea Knopf, 1940 , and cowrote the play Mule Bone HarperCollins, 1991 with Zora Neale Hurston. Hughes' tone is one of uncertainty because he is inquisitive about the subject matter. The metaphor compares a dream deferred to a bomb.
With its diction, its repetition of lines and its inclusion of blues lyrics, the poem evokes the mournful tone and tempo of blues music and gives … readers an appreciation of the state of mind of the blues musician in the poem. But the reality is different. He clearly reveals that after years of tolerating mistreatment, he certainly feels like giving way to anger, or exploding. It sounds like Hughes is trying to explain how a person trapped in this world may be able to put away his dreams and deal with that fact with simile. Government rule by the people pertained to whites exclusively, excluding all African … Americans. He imagines that earning his fortune will cure all the shortcomings and injustices in their lives.
He feels weak in the evening and wants to have a rest. He structures the poem as a conversation between a mother and her son. People, when their dreams are thwarted, will be compelled to take actions against those who prevented their dreams as a result of their frustration and despair. In the poem Harlem, he is talking about the racial issues in the time back then. In the next verse, the speaker offers his own view. Here, then, Hughes suggests that the blues offer a sort of communal experience, that they express the feelings of not only the artist, but the whole community.
This extra cash has changed my life in so many ways, thank you! Even as highly esteemed a poet as he was in Harlem, it did not make up for the fact that much of the rest of his society would not acknowledge his work simply because of the color of his skin. Frustration renders the dreamers useless and purposeless. In the forty years between his first book in 1926 and his death in 1967, he devoted his life to writing and lecturing. In November 1924, he moved to Washington, D. Finally, it is that tradition that helps keep the singer alive and gives him his identity, since when he is done and goes to bed he sleeps like an inanimate or de-animated object, with the blues echoing beyond his playing, beyond the daily cycles, and through both conscious and unconscious states.
Earthen body decomposes sooner or later into Earth only. I, Too, Sing America this is a straight forward poem which is powerful and has a strong message. And without dreams, this world will go back to 600 B. Langston Hughes and the Blues. The movement lost momentum, but its ideals remained in the hearts of the. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. Sometimes we hold these in memory and sometimes we forget.
As in does it fade away into nothing and never bother anyone ever again? In his last line he uses a metaphor to ask if unfulfilled desires in fact can cause people to ¡°¡¦explode? Or maybe it crusts over syrupy sweet,. . Years later, Martin Luther King Jr. The speaker uses a a human characteristic holding to a non-living thing dreams which is a personification. In part 1 of the poem, the poet raises some rhetorical questions regarding a dream that has already been delayed and is yet to come true.