to is the dream of achieving equality and freedom as a black man in a racist society. As we grow older, we get sentimental.
With every birthday, we grow older by one year. A wall rose up slowly between the speaker and his dream - it rose and rose until it touched the sky. He lies down in the shadows, which prevent the light of the dream from shining on him. This is fairly straightforward symbolism - the speaker represents all African Americans who had to relinquish their dreams due to the pervasive discrimination and persecution in early 20th century American society. Summary: The speaker starts by describing a dream he used to have a long time ago that he has since nearly forgotten. However, as he becomes more mature, he once again takes up the dream, willing his 'dark hands' to smash through the barriers of racial injustice and oppression and to once again let in the light, the 'sun.'. Retrieved 09:02, August 19, 2018, from.