Certainly, there is a strong basis for comparison as the title of the play comes from the poem. The most evident level of comparison in my mind is where the questions of how anyone deals with the challenges of accomplishing dreams can be seen in both works. For Hughes, each sphere of interaction differs as to what happens to dreams that are not immediately accomplished, or put aside. In the play, this is also seen as individual characters feature different ways of approaching a consciousness where deferral is a daily or hourly reality. I think that the primary level of contrast could be on how both the play and the poem take different points of view on the notion of redemption. In Hughes' poem, the mass deferral of dreams for so many and the shocking consistency with which this is a reality causes a condition where negativity and pain is highly present. Yet, in the play, there is challenge and difficulty, yet a level of redemption is highly present at the end of the play, allowing not a deferral of dreams, but an embrace of them.