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The Imagery of Langston Hughes's Harlem "What happens when dreams are deferred?" Is the first line in Langston Hughes's "Harlem," a very interesting social comment on Harlem from the early 1950's. It talks to a "dream deferred" Harlem, which was a haven for mathematics and intellect in the late 20's and early 30's, but is now run down and faded to a shadow of its former existence. Langston Hughes's "Harlem" is full of extremely vivid imagery. "Harlem," by Langston Hughes uses various examples of vision that one can relate to. The secret to turning words to images is the capacity to relate them to ordinary experiences. Whatever the person, all of us cringe at the notion of rotten beef. "Harlem" contains the line "Does it stink like rotten meat?" Now we because the audien...