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Dream Variations

There are, apparently, two variations on the same dream in this poem. In the first, the speaker dreams that he might: . . . fling [his] arms wideIn some place of the sun,To whirl and to danceTill...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019 10:20 pm UTC

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Dream Variations

Langston Hughes's "Dream Variations" has an irregular structure, but the irregularity works to accentuate the theme within the poem. Technically, the poem is free verse; there is no regular meter...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 3:46 pm UTC

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Dream Variations

The speaker in this poem does not identify him- or herself. However, there are elements in the poem which give us some clues as to his identity. In the first place, the title, "Dream Variations,"...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018 8:38 am UTC

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Dream Variations

In Langston Hughes' poem “Dream Variations,” his writing style is based on the format of American Blues music. The purposefully simple words and short lines indicate their aim at those who have...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016 8:14 pm UTC

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Dream Variations

This poem compares two very similar dreams. The dreams exist on a literal and figurative level. The key to understanding these similar lines is the lines they correspond to. The first stanza is...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012 11:44 am UTC

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Dream Variations

In "Dream Variations," Langston Hughes uses dance imagery to convey freedom: "To fling my arms wide (line 1) / ...To whirl and to dance (line 3) / ...Dance! Whirl! Dance!" (line 11). The whirling...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012 5:24 am UTC

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Dream Variations

Much of this is going to depend on how much of Hughes' work your students have read. This will determine how much of an introduction to the work you will need. For example, of you have already...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 3:17 pm UTC

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