“Dream Deferred”-A Stopped Dream-Elkin

Terence Elkin
Ms. Nelson
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.


William Carlos Williams – Elkin

Born: In the shadows of Manhatten in Rutherford, New Jersey on September 17, 1883.

Died: March 4, 1963


William was born the first of two sons of an English father and a Puerto Rican mother. His ancestry has French, Spanish, Dutch, and Jewish in it.  He grew up in Rutherford, where his family gave him a background in art and literature. His mother painted, and his father’s mother, Emily Dickinson, loved theatre.  His father taught them about Shakespeare and read the Bible to his sons.  He had more interest in the study of math and science.  In high school, Williams became interested in language and he became excited in books.

William began writing poetry while he attended at Horace Mann High School.  He made the decision to become both a writer and a doctor.  He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he met and became friends with Ezra Pound.  Pound was a giant influence to his writing.  Williams began writing in small magazines and his career as a poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright, while maintaining his medical practice.
 William’s early life was “sweet and sour.” He wrote himself that “terror dominated my youth, not fear.” He wrote his first book in 1909, Poems. His third book was Al Que Quiere, which was written in 1917. His last book, Pictures From Brueghel, won a Pulitzaer prize in 1963. He died in his sleep on March 4, 1963 because of his health failing.
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“William Carlos Williams : The Poetry Foundation.” Poetry Foundation. Web. 01 Feb. 2012. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/william-carlos-williams.