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?
Analyze the poem by answering the following questions:
- What is this poem about?
- How would you describe the mood and tone of the poem? Why?
- What kinds of poetic techniques does the poet use?
- What message do you think the poet is trying to express?