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Grade 09 English: Raisin in the Sun

Resources to support Grade 09 English students



Langston Hughes

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