What question is the speaker trying to answer in “Harlem” by Langston Hughes?
The speaker of this poem is trying to answer the question: "What happens to a dream deferred?" (line 1). Deferred means delayed or withheld. Typically, if one defers something, one puts it off until later. Therefore, the question is really asking what happens to a dream if it is delayed or put off.
The speaker then offers a number of possibilities or outcomes of this dream; they are all similes until the very last one, which is a metaphor . First, he wonders if it dries up "like a raisin in the sun" (3). Next, he considers the possibility that it...
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