A Dream Deferred simply states that a dream is a goal in life, not just dreams experienced during sleep. Most people use their dreams as a way of setting future goals for themselves. Dreams can help to assist people in getting further in life because it becomes a personal accomplishment. The poem speaks about what happens to dreams when they are put on hold. The poem leaves it up to you as a reader to decide what dream is being questioned. In the beginning of the poem the speaker uses a visual image to compare a dream deferred to a raisin. "Does it dry up/ like a raisin in the sun?" The question is comparing a dream deferred to raisin in the sun. Like a raisin, a dream deferred shrivels up and turns dark because the sun has baked it. Like the raisin, the dream has been on hold for a long-time, it has transformed into something very different than it once was. The visual image can be used because of the detailed description being used. Next the poem ask if the dream festers like a sore what a nasty sight! This gruesome image imparts to the reader the lingering pain of a dream that waits to be realized, that waits to take place, that waits and waits, and then it runs. Yet in so sickening a sight, the notion of a “running sore” indirectly implies chance and opportunity. A sore that runs is a mess that heals, and in the same vein, a dream deferred will not be ignored, but will finally break forward. Does a dream deferred stink like rotten meat? Rotten meat, stinking like the
Unit One Individual Reading Assignment
In this first poem entitled A Dream Deferred, Hughes compares the American Dream to a raisin, a sore, rotten meat, and sugar. This poem is made up of a multi-level rhetorical database. Line one asks the first question which is also the main question. “What happens to a dream deferred?” After this first sentence is laid out, then he lists four other rhetorical questions to answer that first question. But in the third and second to last lines, Hughes answers…
A Dream Deferred
Yim Tung Tong
“A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, “deferred” signifies delayed or postponed. Essentially, the title of this poem means a dream delayed or a dream being put on hold.
There are many similes throughout the entire poem. The first simile states, “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” which means that the dream altered its shape due to certain affects. A dream deferred shrivels up and turns dark because the sun has baked it. The emphasis…
A dream is a hope, a wish, and an aspiration. Everyone has dreams about what they want to be when they grow up, how they want to live, whom they want to marry and how their life will turn out. However, not all dreams can come true right away. Many of them are just out of reach and can only be attained by hard work, leadership and determination. The poem "A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes is an example of just that, a dream that is just simply out of reach. So what happens to a dream deferred…
Langston Hughes, p. 17
Through both words and images, this feature introduces
your students to the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston
Hughes and his immortal poem “A Dream Deferred.”
MAIN Skills and TEACHING OBJECTIVES
This lesson will help your students:
nalyze a poem
• Improve visual literacy by examining the life of a
BACKGROUND INFORMATION (10 minutes)
Have students look at the photo and headlines on page 17.
How many of them…
A wise and intelligent author, Lorraine Hansberry once said, “There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing” (Brainy Quotes). The famous play “A Raisin in the Sun” shares curtain concepts with a very self-spoken poem by Langston Hughes titled “A Dream Deferred.” A dream can be as addicting as a drug as Walter and Beneatha share common desire within the famous poem, and that is, a dream. As Walter dreams of working…
reader’s to explore what it feels like to have someone’s dreams held off for so long. He shows us that a deferred dream produces changes; changes that are not pleasant and may even be violent. But by using universal images, Langston allows others to share the feeling the suffering Black American people experienced.
Harlem wants to get a response from the listener by immediately starting off with a question, “What happens to a dream deferred?”(1). A much closer look at the careful arrangement of words…
individuals had an American Dream that one will achieve, but had to be adjourn. There are many themes that are in the book of Mice and Men that stands out, but the one that stands out the most is a Dream Deferred. The theme is the most meaningful to the reader because of the feelings and thoughts of each character’s that is captured throughout the whole novel and everyone being able to relate the theme to themselves in one way or another.
One good example of a Dream Deferred in the book of Mice and…
May 5, 2014
Eng- Sunday Evening
I have a dream…
“A dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.”
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live without the true meaning of its creed: “we hold these truths to be self- evident: that all me are created equal.”
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judge by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls…
What is imagery? Imagery is a visual description or figurative language in literary work. A few examples of literary work with great examples of imagery are “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randal, “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, and “Strange Fruit” by Billy Holiday. Each one of these poems uses excellent imagery to illustrate what they are talking about. These writers might also be using imagery so that the reader can better comprehend what the poems are about.
“The Ballad of Birmingham”…
Hughes, is simple: chasing your dreams while
Letting time go by doesn’t lead to good things. He sends his message to the
Reader through a series of similes intentionally comparing a dream deferred to
A number of things that get worst over periods of time.
An example of this is when he compared a dream deferred to rotting meat. Rotting
Meat is something unpleasant and undesirable to anyone who smells' it, which
Hughes is saying a dream deferred will become. In the poem dreams, Langston
Hughes explains to…