Axia College Material
Word Order Activity
1. Choose one poem from the assigned reading in Week Six, and insert the poem, as well as its title and author, below.
Harlem- by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
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?
2. Rearrange the words of the poem in any order you choose. Review your poem to ensure that each word is included.
To a dream deferred, what happens?
It does dry up and then run
Like a raisin in the sun
Or like a sore, fester
Like rotten meat, it does stink
Or crust over and sugar like a syrupy sweet
It does explode like a heavy load. Or, maybe it just sags.
3. Explain how changing the word order of the poem affected its meaning.
When the words were rearranged they answered questions instead of asking them.
4. Determine whether your poem or the original more effectively uses literary devices and conventions of poetry, and explain your reasoning.
I know everyone appreciates the original version by Hughes because it uses untamed emotion to make the reader think about the dreams they have deferred. My new version is kind of funny as a twist to the original, the actual process of deferring dreams
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