Raisin Hughes' poems.doc - Name Date Period A Raisin in the Sun Pre-reading Theme Activity The following poem is found as an epigram witty saying before

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Name __________________________________________ Date ______________ Period _____ A Raisin in the Sun Pre-reading Theme Activity The following poem is found as an epigram, witty saying, before the text of the play. The action of the play 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 Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun Or 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 sags like 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 imagery and explain what it means. ______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
Analysis of Langston Hughes’ “Harlem: A Dream Deferred” by Classic Poetry Aide Linda Sue Grimes Theme : 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.

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