Imagination is the ability to think above and beyond the common. Langston Hughes does a better job at this in “Harlem” because he lists several outcomes for a deferred dream. In this poem he states “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” (Hughes 1) which illustrates his imagination level to compare such a dream to a raisin that is losing its existence. In the poem “Introduction to Poetry” Collins states, “I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide” (Collins 1). His imagination level is very basic in this poem compared to Hughes. Hughes imagination level is incredible for the possible dreams whereabouts.
Collins and Hughes use personification to give words life in their poems. In stanza five of "Introduction to Poetry", Collins' poem states, "… tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it" (Collins 13). This quote illustrates that the poem is no longer seen as an expressed feeling on a sheet of paper, but a victim that is accused for a wrong message. The poem is not human, but Collins illustrates how people go about criticizing what they do not know. In "Harlem", Hughes provides life to the word "dream" as he asks the question "...or fester like a sore - and then run?" (Hughes 3). It is apparent that dreams do not have legs and cannot feel pain, but Hughes just gives the dream a human characteristic that grabs the reader's attention. Both of these authors did a