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Langston Hughes- Dream Deferred

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Imagery & Purpose

Hughes uses a great deal of imagery in the poem "Dream Deferred". Hughes uses a great deal of visual imagery throughout the poem.For instance, in the second line of the poem "Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" (Hughes 732).In this line the visual imagery is clearly shown with the raisin drying up in the sun. Hughes also uses olfactory imagery for the smell that he is representing in line five when he asks "Does it stink like rotten meat?" (Hughes 732).Hughes then shows gustatory imagery when he talks about taste in line six by saying "Or crust and sugar over- like a syrupy sweet?" (Hughes 732). So all throughout the poem Hughes uses imagery. Hughes' purpose for writing this poem is to talk about what happens to a dream when it gets put off or delayed. Also his purpose was his "engagement with the world of jazz and the influence it had on his writing" (http://poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/83).