Explosion Of A Dream By Langston Hughes

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When a dream is oppressed, and left to decay, it will either rot and subside or erupt with new life. The speaker opens by employing rhetorical questions to make the reader question what would happen to “a dream deferred”. These questions are somber suggestions, prompting the reader to consider how a dream may “dry up like a raisin in the sun?” or begin to “fester like a sore?” when postponed. There is a repetition of rhetorical questions and metaphors throughout the poem, suggesting many possibilities, and this pressures the reader to consider every outcome being presented. The poem ends with one final question, and arguably the most powerful metaphor in the poem “Or does it explode?” Explosions root from intense pressure or weight, erupting
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