Shakespeare in Disney Hall: An L.A. Phil 'Dream' deferred

The author uses similes to ground and explain the importance and danger of deferred dreams....

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Does it stink like rotten

meat?

Or crust and sugar over—
Like syrupy

sweet?


Maybe it just sags

like a heavy

load.

Or does it
explode?
What happens to a dream deferred?

In addition, the questions give indications about Hughes' views on deferred dreams.

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For this analysis of the dreams and character of Beneatha Younger in Raisin, I would like to pull on another dreamy poem of Langston Hughes’ entitled “Dream Boogie.” Like all the characters in the play, Beneatha has dreams that are dear to her, but their deferment does not cause them to dry up, fester, rot, crust, sag, or explode....

The brief, mind provoking questions posed throughout the poem allow the readers to reflect--on the effects of delaying our dreams.


Or does it explode?
The alliteration
used adds a certain rhythm
and pattern so the poem is
more entertaining to read.
Rhyme Scheme
The rhyme scheme or pattern in the poem is ABCDCEEFGG,
the rhyme scheme of the poem allows the poem to flow and
have a correlation throughout the poem for better
understanding and reading.
What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the

sun?

Throughout the play, I was able to feel how each character seemed to have their dreams that fell apart as the story went on.


Langston Hughes -- "Dream Deferred" - Learner



there then follows a number of rhetorical questions until it becomes aggressive or angry
“Or does it just explode?”
What sort of destruction could an explosion would cause?
About Langston Hughes
Dream Deferred
2.1.1902 - 5.22.1967
Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?

A Southern California Dream Deferred: Racial Covenants …


Does it stink like rotten
meat?

Or crust and sugar over—
Like syrupy

sweet?


Maybe it just sags
like a heavy
load.

Or does it
explode?
A
B
C
C
D
E
E
F
G
G
In 1951, the year the poem was publicized, racial segregation was still legal in the USA so the message could almost be seen as a warning of the frustration being experienced by the black community.
It also appeals to the universal message that if you wait for your dreams or put them aside too long, then one
day you will no longer have your dreams and may regret it.
.....Don't let your dreams
crumble and fade away from you forever.
Dream Deferred
Theme
Tone/Mood
Dream Deferred
Form
lyric poem with irregular rhyme and a irregular meter.
The poem has a rhythmic, lyrical quality which is shown by alliteration, rhyme, repetition of certain words.
Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?