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Subject Harlem
Posted by Melody
Posted on Wed Nov 25 14:48:33 1998
From IP c549-18.svdcc.fju.edu.tw  

Melody's journal-----Harlem
Langston Hughes was an African American who lived for
part of his life in Harlem.Harlem was the site of a large African-
American community in New York City.This poem is related to
black people and their American dream.Many years ago, black
people were slaved by white people.Their fate was tragical and
their status was pretty low."Dream deferred"referes to the unful-
filled hopes of African-Americans who live in a dominant white
society.Black people look forward to be respected.But there are
still a lot of obstacle for them to fight for their human right.Thus
the speaker used the word"dream" to show their feeling.They
realized that their dream was very difficult to come true.
This poem contains a series of metaphors,or metaphoric images
It also contains a lot of '?".The speaker told us that what he would
like to describe in the first line.The following lines are all related to the first line.
Does dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-
And then run?
In the process of waiting their dream to come true is pretty long
and painful.Therefore, the speaker used the words"a raison in the sun"
and "a sore".
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
Like a syrupy sweet?
"Rotten meat"and "syrupy sweet"are two different things.In
spite of their dream was difficult to come true,the speaker still
thought that there was a ray of hope .Therefore,their hope like
a syrupy sweet.
Melody's journal-----Harlem
Langston Hughes was an African American who lived for
part of his life in Harlem.Harlem was the site of a large African-
American community in New York City.This poem is related to
black people and their American dream.Many years ago, black
people were slaved by white people.Their fate was tragical and
their status was pretty low."Dream deferred"referes to the unful-
filled hopes of African-Americans who live in a dominant white
society.Black people look forward to be respected.But there are
still a lot of obstacle for them to fight for their human right.Thus
the speaker used the word"dream" to show their feeling.They
realized that their dream was very difficult to come true.
This poem contains a series of metaphors,or metaphoric images
It also contains a lot of '?".The speaker told us that what he would
like to describe in the first line.The following lines are all related to the first line.
Does dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-
And then run?
In the process of waiting their dream to come true is pretty long
and painful.Therefore, the speaker used the words"a raison in the sun"
and "a sore".
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
Like a syrupy sweet?
"Rotten meat"and "syrupy sweet"are two different things.In
spite of their dream was difficult to come true,the speaker still
thought that there was a ray of hope .Therefore,their hope like
a syrupy sweet.
Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load
Or does it explode ?
The speaker might feel that their burden is very heavy.If
they made all efforts to strive for their human right but fail,
they will riot one day.



Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load
Or does it explode ?
The speaker might feel that their burden is very heavy.If
they made all efforts to strive for their human right but fail,
they will riot one day.





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