"Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes and "Hurt Hawks" by Robinson Jeffers

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"Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes and "Hurt Hawks" by Robinson Jeffers are two very different poems. However, like most poems, when you take a deeper look inside them, you can easily tell that they are similar too. Poems can be interpreted into countless numbers of different ways. A poem can mean anything one can imagine it to mean - there is no right or wrong answer. You, the reader, make the poem come alive.

"Hurt Hawks" is about an injured hawk with no strength left in his body and in so much pain. In the poem it says, "pain is worse to the strong..." meaning that because the strong aren't used to being in pain and defeat, and are usually in charge and in control, when they are weakened it's much worse for them as they are not accustomed to being in such a situation. "Death the redeemer..." reveals how much pain the hawk is in; that only death can ease his suffering.

When the narrator finally puts the hawk to a quicker death by shooting him he describes to us what he sees: "What fell down was relaxed...but what soared: the fierce rush...its rising". This shows us that his soul rose up and left the earth.

"Dream Deferred" asks us what happens to a dream that one puts off, whether it be because of others stopping you from following your dreams or because you destroy it yourself by being lazy or too afraid. "Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" waiting for you to pursue it? "Or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet?" suggesting something better has replaced it and brings you happiness even though your true dream is underneath your new one. "Or does it explode?" and never come back again. The author...