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Poetry Project

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Rachel Mudek

on 13 February 2018

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Subject #1- Poem
Harlem
BY LANGSTON HUGHES
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?
MOOD/TONE
Mood:
Mood is _______. I know this because lines _______ remind me of ___________.

Tone:
Tone is _______. I know this because lines _______ remind me of ___________.

Subject #2
"Don't Stop Believin'"

Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train
Goin' anywhere
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train
Goin' anywhere


A singer in a smokey room
The smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching
In the night
Streetlight people
Livin' just to find emotion
Hidin' somewhere in the night


Everybody wants a thrill
Payin' anything to roll the dice
Just one more time
Some will win
Some were born to sing the blues
Some will lose
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching
In the night
Streetlight people
Livin' just to find emotion
Hidin' somewhere in the night

[Instrumental interlude]

Don't stop believin'
Hold on to that feelin'
Streetlight people
Don't stop believin'
Hold on
Streetlight people
Don't stop believin'
Hold on to that feelin'
Figurative Language Found:
Simile: "____________"

Imagery: "_____________________"

Alliterations: "___________"
Rhyme Scheme
A
B
B
C
D
D
B
D
Poetry Project
Streetlight people
Poetic Devices Found
Rhyme:"_____"
Repetition: "___________"
Personification: "_________"



Mood and Tone

Mood : The mood is____. I know this because..."

Tone: The tone is _____. I know this because....

COMPARISON PARAGRAPH
In the poem, “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes and the song, “Don’t Stop Believin’ “ by Journey, we see both the song and the poem share a theme though they use different figurative language to communicate that message. Both poets discuss how it is harmful to let go of your dreams and ambitions and that the cost of letting them go is that you could have a lot of regrets. For example, Hughes uses a simile to say, “What happens to a dream deferred?/ Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” By comparing a dream deferred to a raisin, he says that dreams left untended to will end up dying and no longer be considered important. Journey also says that dreams forgotten lead to regrets when they use rhyme to say, “Some will win, some will lose/Some were born to sing the blues”. Journey is saying trying to live out your dream is worth the risk even though some will “sing the blues” in the end. IN conclusion, even though they were written more than 40 years apart, both the song and the poem feel that dreams are a valuable thing and people should try to live them out.
Workin' hard to get my fill
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