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“Harlem” – A Beautiful Poem – By Langston Hughes

“Harlem” is a lyric poem with irregular rhyme and an irregular metrical pattern that sums up the white oppression of blacks in America – in the year 1951. The language of “Harlem” is frank, down-to-earth. The narrator asks whether a dream becomes a dried-up fruit, a running sore, rotten meat, or a sweet that crusts and sugars over. He also asks whether the dream sags or explodes. All of these tropes enable to reader to see and smell the frustration of American blacks.

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