As I Grew Older As I Grew Older

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It was a long time ago. I have almost forgotten my dream. But it was there then, In front of me, Bright like a sun— My dream. And then the wall rose, a. What did the poet have a long time ago? Does he remember it? b. What poetic device is used in the above lines? c. What is ‘It’ being referred to in the above lines? d. Why isn’t it bright like a sun anymore? e. What must he do to make it strive again? f. What rose suddenly? g. What does it rise between?
a. The poet had a dream. No, he doesn’t remember it anymore. b. The poetic device is simile in ‘Bright like a sun’. c. It refers to the dream. d. It isn’t bright like sun anymore as racial discrimination prevalent in America has deprived him of good education and job. So his dream is lost and he is forced to remain on the lowest rung of social ladder. e. He must break that wall of racism which has deprived him of his civil rights. f. The racial prejudice rose slowly and relegated the poet to the lowest rung. g. The wall rose between his dream and him.
Rose slowly, Slowly, Between me and my dream. Rose until it touched the sky— The wall. Shadow. I am black. I lie down in the shadow. a. When does it stop rising? b. Who is the speaker? c. Why has the speaker turned black? d. Explain ‘I lie down in the shadow’.
No longer the light of my dream before me, Above me. Only the thick wall. Only the shadow. My hands! My dark hands! Break through the wall! Find my dream! a. What change has the poet undergone? b. What does the poet feel has overshadowed him? c. What all does the poet need to do to find his dream?
Help me to shatter this darkness, To smash this night, To break this shadow Into a thousand lights of sun, Into a thousand whirling dreams Of sun! a. What does the poet wish to shatter? b. What would he get if he breaks the wall? c. What is the sun symbolic of?

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