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Harlem

by Langston Hughes

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?

Lorraine Hansberry found her inspiration to write A Raisin in the Sun from the Langston Hughes poem Harlem as well as from her own life experiences growing up in a hostile, racially charged environment. A Raisin in the Sun was produced in 1959, as not only the first African-American play to be produced on Broadway, but as

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