Poem by Langston Hughes, "Harlem" (A Dream Deferred)
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?
Original Article New York Times 3/13/1959
Theatrer review of the play performed at Ethel Barrymore Theater
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
A Raisin in the Sun is essentially about dreams, as the main characters struggle to deal with the oppressive circumstances that rule their lives.
Politics in A Raisin in the Sun
Background and Criticism
Jim Crow Laws
Martin Luther King