“Harlem” 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? Complete the following: (you must print this out) 1. take each line and write what you think it means! If you need to look some words up to help with your understanding…do it! 2. To what does Hughes compare a DREAM? What type of figurative language is being used to make each comparison? 3. To what social or political consequence does the last line suggest could result? *Based on your responses above, compose an 8 to 10 sentence response in which you discuss the meaning of the poem, pointing out the figurative language the poet used to convey this meaning. Ultimately, be sure to answer # 3 in your response. Citation Information: The poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes was published on the Poetry Foundation online database in 2014. You accessed and printed this story on the date ___ Apr. 2014 Use your Works Cited Cheat Sheet!