Putting Your Dream on a Shelf: Langston Hughes' "Harlem" Essay
The reason I say African American’s dreams is because the author published this poem in …show more content…
The questions in this poem are all rhetorical questions because they answer themselves. The first and second stanzas uses similes: “like a raisin in the sun,” “fester like a sore,” “stink like rotten meat,” “like a syrupy sweet” and “sags like a heavy load.” The last stanza ends uses a metaphor: “does it explode.” Imagery is very important in literature because it gets the reader to visualize what they are reading, become part of it and understand it more. This poem uses imagery: “raisin in the sun,” “stink like rotten meat,” etc. The poem also uses rhyme: sun-run, meat-sweet, load-explode.
When a raisin is left out in the sun to dry it bakes, hardens and becomes impossible to eat. It losses its value and purpose and can no longer go back to its original state. The first simile in the poem says: “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun.” First of all a raisin is a dried up grape. Yet, it is still a good and nutritious thing. But when the these things happen it can never go back to what it was originally. Just like if someone is not permitted to do something they love their talent will dry up and transform into something else. Usually something negative. The sun is a very important detail here because it stresses time. We as humans measure time by the sun’s movement.
If a deferred dream doesn’t dry up