What happens to a dream deferred?
-Hughes is asking the reader what happens when a dream is put off or delayed.
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
-Hughes is asking if a deferred dream dries up, like a raisin would if left out in the sun.
Or fester like a sore-
And then run?
-Does that deferred dream run, like a pus filled sore that is leaking.
Does it stink like rotten meat?
-Was the deferred dream a bad dream, like how bad the smell of rotten meat is.
Or crust and sugar over-
like a syrupy sweet?
-What could also happen to a dream deferred is that it turns good like a syrupy sweet that is crusted and sugared over.
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
-Hughes is saying that maybe the dream just stays there and droops down, like a heavy load that is sagging.
Or does it explode?
-Does this dream just come to an end, like an explosion would?