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"

-Metaphor: n/a

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.

Tone: longing

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"

-Simile: n/a

-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.