Name __________________________________________Date ______________Period _____A Raisin in the SunPre-reading Theme ActivityThe following poem is found as an epigram, witty saying, before the text of the play. The action of theplay took place during a time when phrase, The American Dream, was coined. 1.What is The American Dream? __________________________________________________2.Is it the same thing for every American? ___________________________________________3.Do people come to America searching for it? _______________________________________4.Searching for what? ___________________________________________________________Read the poem and then answer the questions below.“Harlem: A Dream Deferred”by Langston HughesWhat happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sunOr fester like a sore—And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over—Like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sagslike a heavy load. Or does it explode?5.What is the poem’s theme? _____________________________________________________6.Name a literary device used and give 2 examples of it. _______________________________1) _________________________________2) _________________________________7.Find one example of imageryand explain what it means. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Analysis ofLangston Hughes’ “Harlem: A Dream Deferred” by Classic Poetry Aide Linda Sue GrimesTheme:Having to postpone one’s deepest desires can lead to destruction. Literary devices:The questions are all rhetorical questions, because they intend to answer themselves. Each question in the first stanza uses simile: “like a raisin in the sun,” “like a sore,” like rotten meat,” “like a syrupy sweet.” The second stanza which is not a question but a suggestion also uses simile“like a heavy load.” The last stanza uses metaphor, “does it explode?” The poem employs rhyme: sun-run, meat-sweet, load-explode.The poem also uses imagery: “raisin in the sun,” “fester like a sore— / And then run,” “stink like rotten meat,” etc.Commentary:The question, “What happens to a dream deferred?” appears to be answered with nothing but more questions. But if we analyze each question we get an idea of what the speaker really believes about dreams being postponed.