Poetry Analysis: Poetry is a more abstract literary form than the narrative stories we have read. With poetry, the meaning of the poem must be extracted by looking at the poetic devices that the writer uses. For this paper, you will conduct this extraction A Portable Anthology (yes, it can be one we did not read for class) and answer the following question: What is the theme of the poem? How do you know this? In explaining the theme and how it is established, it would be wise to some of the poetry literary terms form class (simile, metaphor, imagery, symbolism, personification, irony) to help you explain how the poet delivers his or her main message. Be sure to engage the text by giving close readings of passages of the poem.
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Dream Deferred – Poem 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?