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This poem by Langston Hughes was his first poem, written in 1927. Hughes' poem represents the emergence of culture in the 1920s - especially from blacks. This poem is also a symbol of how blacks began to gain respect, which eventually led into the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

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Read in February, 1st time. Langston Hughes Poems: "I, Too" , "Theme for English B" , "Freedom" , "Words like Freedom" , "Visitors to the Black Belt" , "The Weary Blues" , "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."

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What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? Langston Hughes

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