Both the poems “Harlem” and
“Dreams” are written by Langston Hughes.
“Harlem” which is also known as “A
dream Deferred” and “Dreams” are similar and different in a way.
The form and structure of these two poems are different. Harlem is a lyric poem
with irregular rhyme where Dream is a lyric poem with regular rhyme. Six
of the seven sentences in the poem “Harlem” are questions and
question’s answer where no sentences in the poem “Dreams” are
The main theme of these two
poems are similar and give similar message. The two poems by Langston Hughes
give the different lesson though deep meaning is similar. Both poems approach
the subject of dream from different situation.
Harlem poem suggests that no
one should delay or postpone their dreams because the more they postpone the
dreams the more the dream will change and less likely they will come true. From the poem “Harlem”, it says “What happens to a
dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?”Raisin is an image of
grapes dried up.
Here deferred means postpone, raisin means A dried, sweet grape. The grape is
dried by the sun. When we put it under the sun,
it dried and changed. This shows that when dream is delayed it the dream will
change and less likely they will come true. Whereas “Dreams” this poem suggests the idea
that no one should give up on dreams and without dreams life is a waste.
From the poem “Dreams”, it says “Hold fast to dreams, for if dream die, life is a
broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” Also at the very end, “For when dreams go, Life is a barren field, Frozen with snow.” Barren field means unproductive
land. If you don’t have dreams then life would be unproductive like barren
field and dream will never build and will never come true because nothing grows
on a barren field. This is the differences between the two poems. The two are
different, but are closely related. The main theme of “A Dream deferred” and
“Dreams” is dream just like the title. Both of these poems use description
and symbolism.If you have a dream, hold on to it and not let go because you
don’t know what would happen if it was postpone.
In conclusion, the “dream” is a goal in life, not
just dreams experienced during sleep. The dream is important to
the people’s life. You should have a dream so that life has a worth
of living. Even with two different themes, these two poems deal with and send the same
message on dreams.