Because the speaker mentions a wall that divides him from his dream, the poem is gloomy. This wall represents society's attitude/prejudice/racism toward black people. Because he is black, he is separated from his ambition and has lower possibilities of success (than whites).
This is indicated by the fact that the speaker wonders how much his music would be worth if he had not been black. Also, it can be inferred that because of his color, he could not even become a musician. His ambition was only limited by his background.
Finally, the speaker acknowledges that this is just a wall and that there are other walls inside him that he can climb over or go around. This shows that even though he is separated from his dream, he still has hope for future success.
Black people in America have been separated from their dreams because society has not accepted them as equal members of society. This separation causes many blacks to feel like strangers in their own country. However, they continue to work hard and not let racism stop them from reaching their goals.
The poet employs the metaphor of the wall to portray racism and prejudice, which crush the child's hopes. The narrator felt unable to step out into the light that previously housed his dreams as he proceeded through his life. He is now moving in the shadows of existence. He can no longer remember the vivid dreams he had as a youngster. However, he does recall one dream that still lives in his mind today.
In the dream, he is standing on the edge of a great canyon. The sun is shining down on him, but he feels like it could just as easily have been raining. He looks down into the depths of the canyon and sees something glittering at the bottom. He knows if he jumps from the cliff, he will die, but wants to reach down and grab whatever it is that lies at the bottom of the pit. As he stares into the distance, he sees a young woman walking toward him across the plain. She is beautiful, yet sad. They talk for a while, and then she disappears over the horizon. When he wakes up, he realizes that it was only a dream, but it leaves an impression on him that stays with him throughout his life.
This dream reflects what happened to the poet as he grew older. It also tells us that even though we may wake up feeling old and tired, there is always hope for tomorrow. No matter how far back you go in history, there has always been someone who has fought against injustice.
The poem addresses African Americans' injustice. The tone implies that their ambitions are perpetually unattainable and lose their value. The speaker feels the weight of these aspirations and declares that when the weight becomes unbreakable, it will erupt. This shows that American blacks have been striving for freedom but do not feel like they have achieved it yet.
Delayed poems often deal with major issues in society. This one does as well. It explores the idea of how people's actions affect those around them and eventually everyone else. The poem also mentions violence but only in the last line so it can be considered implicit rather than explicit.
This poem is about racial inequality in America. It describes how blacks have been fighting for their rights for decades but have never gotten anywhere close to achieving equality. Even though things have gotten better over time, racism remains a huge problem today.
This poem is about the dangers of ambition. The poet warns that if you try too hard to achieve your goals, you might fail even before you start. This could happen if you strive for greatness even before you know what it means or if you try to fix something that isn't broken. Ambition is good but it needs to be controlled by someone who knows what they are doing so that others don't get hurt while trying to live up to their expectations.
The main theme of the poem is the inner turmoil the speaker feels because of his mixed heritage. He doesn't know his place, and he expresses anger toward his parents, but eventually forgives them. It symbolizes the distress that racism causes a person internally.
This poem is about a young man named Charles Townes who was born into slavery in Virginia. When he discovers that his mother was white, he is shocked and decides to seek out his father. When he does, he finds that his father won't even talk to him because of his color skin. This makes Townes feel like he isn't good enough for his family, so he runs away from home. Later on, Townes meets another slave named Alice who encourages him to keep fighting for his freedom. After a few more years, Townes gets the chance to be sold to a Massachusetts businessman named Samuel Adams. When Townes arrives at his new master's house, he is delighted to see that it is very similar to his own, which means he must be okay with being treated as a real human being. However, when Townes tries to join in social activities with his new friends, they make fun of his dark skin and call him "nigger," which hurts his feelings greatly. At this point, you can imagine how angry Townes becomes, so he strikes back at his oppressors by inventing technology that would help abolish slavery forever.