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1 Analyzing the Preface “ Montage of a dream deferred”

2 What is the purpose of a preface? Preface comes from the Latin, meaning either "spoken before" (prae + fatia) or "made before" (prae + factum). A preliminary statement introducing a book that explains its scope, intention, or background

3 Harlem 1What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore – 5And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over - like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags 10like a heavy load. Or does it explode? - Langston Hughes, 1951

4 What do the following words mean? 1What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore – 5And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over - like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags 10like a heavy load. Or does it explode? - Langston Hughes, 1951 Defer = ? To postpone, delay or put off Fester = ? Decline, to rot Montage = ? a method of film editing involving the juxtaposition or partial superimposition of several shots to form a single image

5 What types of figurative language is used in the poem? Figurative language refers to words, and groups of words, that exaggerate or alter the usual meanings of the component words ( The opposite being Literal) What is Alliteration – ? A poetic device where the first consonant sounds or any vowel sounds in words or syllables are repeated Simile – ? A comparison, usually using "like" or "as", of two essentially dissimilar things, as in "coffee as cold as ice" or "He sounded like a broken record." Anaphora - ? a rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis

6 Find the figurative language in the poem? 1What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore – 5And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over - like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags 10like a heavy load. Or does it explode? - Langston Hughes, Alliteration – ? Lines 1 and 2 What happens to a dream differed Does it dry up 2. Simile - ? Lines 2 – 4 Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? 3. Anaphora - ? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Does it stink like rotten meat

7 What central question does the poem ask?" Although the poem is phrased as a list of questions, Hughes is making a statement. What is Hughes' message about dreams deferred? How do "dreams deferred" relate to the American Dream?

8 Why do you think Ms. Hansberry chose this poem as her preface?


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