English 3 Period
February 12, 2012
“Dream Deferred” – A Stopped Dream
“What happens to a dream deferred?” Never let go of your dreams. They can come around only once and never be seen again. They can also become a problem in your life if you don’t fix them or if you let them go of them. In the poem “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, the poet uses similes, simple meanings, and short lines to create the theme that dreams can become lost or become a problem in your life when they’re deferred or let go.
Dreams become bad when they are deferred. “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” A dream deferred fades away or it dries up to become bad like raisins do when you leave them in the sun. If you let go of a dream it can go bad and you wouldn’t want it anymore but if you kept it you would always remember it. The author uses a simile to compare a dream deferred to raisins in the sun, which dry up.
Dreams stink when they’re deferred. “Does it stink like rotten meat?” A dream deferred stinks and smells or isn’t good like rotten meat. If you let go of a dream it can stink so it wouldn’t be any use to you but if you kept it then it wouldn’t smell and it would still have value in your life. The author uses a simile to compare a dream deferred to rotten meat, which stinks.
Dreams sag when they’re deferred. “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.” A dream deferred sags and droops like a heavy load. If you let go of a dream it can droop which is another way of becoming bad and it can cause problems when you lose the dream. The author uses a simile to compare a dream deferred to a heavy load, which sags.
Never let go of your dreams because they can dry up, stink, or sag meaning they can go bad and fade away or become problems in your life. If you want to keep your dreams alive and with you, then don’t let go of them or stop thinking about them. If you do you will forget about them and you won’t have them anymore.