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
Alliteration: "Syrupy sweet"
Imagery: "fester like a sore"; "stink like rotten meat"; "crust and sugar over"; "like a syrupy sweet"
Rhyme: "like a raisin in the sun?...And then run?", "like rotten meat...like a syrupy sweet"
Simile: "like a raisin in the sun", "like a sore", "like rotten meat", "like a syrupy sweet", "like a heavy load"
-Symbol: "dry up/like a raisin in the sun" (maybe that the dream is no longer appealing); "stink like rotten meat" (maybe the dream is not wanted to the point where it's disgusting); "crust and sugar over—/ like a syrupy sweet" (maybe the dream is not made true so it gets too old where it caramelizes); "sags/like a heavy load" (maybe the dream is to difficult to make true because it is too challenging)
Theme: Make your dreams come true before it's too late.
The Road Not Taken
by: Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Alliteration: "Wanted where"
-Imagery: You can imagine the two different paths that you can take. ("Two roads diverged in a yellow wood" is a sense of sight) ("because it was grassy and wanted wear" is a example of sense of touch)
Metaphor: The two roads.
Rhyme: "Then took the other, as just as fair... Because it was grassy and wanted wear"
-Symbol: The two roads symbolize the two different ways your life could turn out to be. Go the easy way, or the harder way that could be shorter in time.
Tone: It has an indecisive tone.
Texts' Relation to Communication:
Harlem: Maybe the speaker has never been motivated to achieve his dreams and goals.
The Road Not Taken: Many people do not know about the less traveled road which influenced the speaker to take this path.