Analysis Of The Poem ' Dream Deferred '

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Pursuing Dreams

The overall meaning of this poem is about the consequences of not pursuing your dreams. For some this can be a horrible thing while for others, it can be a blessing in disguise. The poem begins with a simple question, “What happens to a dream deferred” (line 1)? What occurs when an individual goes in another direction from a goal or ambition they had once desired? Does it cause a weight to be lifted? Does it cause fear and anxiety? This poem focusing on the consequences or benefits that are the result of a dream that goes unachieved. The speaker lays out the possible different outcomes that would occur when someone gives up on their dreams. The first of the possible scenarios is listed as “Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun” (lines 3-4)? The dream begins as a youthful, ambitious goal for life. This goal slowly begins to fade as the person ages. Whether this is due to shifts in priorities or unforeseen circumstances, things have changed over time. A dream that once seemed to be very achievable is now nothing more than a small memory in the back of ones mind. The metaphor that is used here is a grape drying up to become a raisin, just like their dreams can shrink down into a fraction of what they once were. The next scenario is a how a deferred dream can affect you a little more harshly. The speaker asks, “Or fester like a sore- / And then run” (lines 4-5)? The sore that is mentioned can be thought of as more of a wound. It is not so much the result…
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