Tags: A Dream Deferred, art, ENGL 1020, in the moment, Langston Hughes, literature, open heart, open mind, reading, zen
What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
Does it Shrivel 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?
Read It! Think about it! Take notes! Most of all interact with it!
Reading is an act of giving. An act of giving away control and lettiong your mind wander with the artist’s (author’s) direction. You let the artist lead your hand through the interpretation with the guides they give you in the piece. There is still plenty left for you to do in regard to your imagination. I call this reading in the moment, you let yourself be aborbed into the time period, the location, and the description of the times and places the artist takes you to. It is surrendering yourself to the will of another by faith.
In order to make reading worthwhile, you must feel the literature. Live it as you read and the reading will have meaning. Overtime your can begin to understand with your whole heart and your being. Literature is a living art and should be treated as such. Once you can be open, then you can respond to the message the artist has in mind.