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Dream Boogie

In “Dream Boogie” Hughes writes about the frustrated African-American dream of self-creation and self-expression. The dream is “deferred” (line 4) — that is, it is not allowed to materialize. Also evident is the sense of psychological homelessness — the African-American individual, unable to find a cultural and psychological reference appears to wander aimlessly in an unforgiving society that shuns him or her out. The dream, though thwarted, is not entirely gone. It continues to “rumble” (3) at least in the inner recesses of the African- American consciousness. It screams for space and definition, pushing to be liberated and manifested to the larger society of blacks and whites alike. The suppressed yet undying dream is akin to anger and discontent. The…