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Harlem written by Langston Hughes 19021967 in 1951 is a poem that asks questions about what will happen if a dream is postponed Harlem Hopscotch written by Maya Angelou 1928 in 1969 shows a persons will oppose to the society The poets of both poems lived in Harlem where a lot of poor and right less African Americans live Therefore these poets may have felt a lot of difficulties from themselves and their neighborhood Consequently they both address the theme of African American social struggles by using figurative comparisonBoth works are similar in terms of the setting As the titles of these poems show they take place in Harlem The setting of the poems is crucial to understanding because it provides the social-historical context For example in Harlem Hopscotch Both feet flat the game is done They think I lost I think I won can be interpreted as a stubborn person not admitting that she is defeated Yet because we know the setting is Harlem we know that the theme is about the trouble of poor African Americans Also the fact that both poets lived there could have affected a lot in the poems because they can understand poverty and racism vividly by people around themBoth poems have similar speakers The speaker in Harlem says a dream deferred will be like a raisin in the sun fester like a sore stink like rotten meat or sag like a heavy load The speaker is expressing that a dream gets hard to achieve if it keeps getting put off In Harlem Hopscotch the speakers Food is Gone his rent is due Also people say her Since you black dont stick around It shows unfavorable society that the speaker is facing Therefore the speakers in both poems are in the situation in which it is hard to achieve dream because of tough society In that regard both poem address the theme of achieving dreams within the limitations
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