One example of his work that shows this is the poem, Enslaved. In this piece, McKay talks about how African Americans have been oppressed throughout history and shows the sadness he has for his people, “My heart grows sick with hate, becomes as lead,/ For this my race that has no home on earth(7-8).” He also wants his people to be liberated and be able to live as equals with white people, which they've been denied the right to do. Another poem which shows how the themes of the Harlem Renaissance shaped his writing is If We Must Die. In this piece, McKay talks about how he doesn’t want black people to die in vain like that had been throughout history but rather let them die with honor and dignity because they matter just as much as the white people, or “the murderous, cowardly pack”. In the line, “ If we must die-let it not be like hogs/ Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,/ While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,/ Making their mock at our accursed lot./ If we must die-oh, let us nobly die(1-5)”, McKay tells of how he wants his people to die nobly rather than having white
Quote: “who love in doorways coming and going in the hours between dawns” expresses the physical mistreatment such us prostitution as a must to survive, in a society where you’re not allowed to live your own life. Just as James did on the letter by hoping for a better future, Lorde did too on the poem by wishing that one day that withered hope they had would come to a fulfillment. “This illusion of some safety to be found the heavy-footed hoped to silence us”, here Lorde expresses the real brutality forced on black people to not even hope to take any action for their better
In fact, the dream might just “expire” altogether. This poem conveys all of the devastating disasters that could happen when a dream is deferred. “Harlem” uses the literary device, tone, to articulate the negatives on unfilling a dream. The powerful poem implies that horribles things happen when one does not attain their dream in the line” Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” This quote exposes that if a dream is forgotten it will rue. According to the line, “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load”, goals that are incomplete (or dreams deferred rather) can haunt a person with remorse.
Poetry Analyzation: Both Cowper and Poe have very distinct writing styles and techniques, as Cowper writes poetry that revolves around religion and Poe differs with essays that involve many imaginative and dark aspects, such as a theme of death. In one of his poems “The Negro’s Complaint” , Cowper demonstrates his writing skills through a controversial poem that brings god and slavery together. This poem was used as an act of conscience, because of the guilt he felt for the “sin” of using African-Americans as pawns of slavery by his people. Cowper made this poem to give those who are not heard, a voice, and to raise awareness for those who cannot riot or protest for their own freedom, hoping to result with putting reality into the conscience of slave owners. The poem is constructed into seven stanzas, organized in iambic pentameter containing a rhythm of “ababcdcd”, throughout the rhythm of the poem comes reflection to the emotions of the speaker whom is a slave.
At the time Douglass still could have been recaptured and forced back into slavery, and the contrast between his freedom and fear shows itself through his use of contrast as he describes is loneliness in the midst of thousands. Specific words demonstrate the reason for his loneliness, the word “unfold” showing his hidden nature as an escaped slave he had to hide as if it were words folded into a paper. The word “panting” also help paint his experience as of fear within freedom as it illustrates the concept of running away associated with a panting fugitive despite Douglass's arrival in a place of freedom. Douglass also once again uses metaphors to explain his experience, now, instead of escaping the lions he is aware of “ferocious beasts… [who] lie in wait for their prey.” These beasts are the people who made him their prey, and he uses the image of the beasts to further interlock his freedom with the concept of slavery, showing that even during Douglass's freedom the threat of slavery was lying in wait for
Why would the speaker in the poem, "Life is Fine" want to commit suicide, and why did he second guess suicide? This poem was based upon a harsh time period where African Americans (males specifically) were treated as a minority, which can push one to a breaking point, which is formed into a ballad. One literary/poetic device i noticed was repetition. An example of that used in the poem would be in stanzas two and six, on lines one and two; "I came up once and hollered, i came up twice and cried!" in which the speaker repeated that sentence into similar phrases multiple times.
“Open Letter to The South” is a poem that addresses the issues of not only the racial division in this great country, but it also concentrates on the issues that all working class American’s face, even in today’s society and economy. In the poem, Langston Hughes speaks against the words of Booker T. Washington “Separate as the fingers.” He speaks about how whites and blacks should come together and become one, no matter their birth rights or history. He mentions
King Jr. finds a way to emphasize his point by using the stylist technique of repetition. Repetition is used in order to make an idea stand out and show the importance of his words. In the speech in paragraph 9 he talks about how a Negro will never be satisfied. The appeal that was best used was pathos because he is asking for change. He is also expressing his emotions and what his fellow African Americans are feeling.
Hughes achieves this by mentioning how dreams of opportunity and equality do not belong to him because of his race. Hughes brings attention to the black inequality in this poem, and brought a new idea to african americans in the year of 1936. Hughes mentions the previous acts against slaves as well, which infuses emotions into the reader towards the discriminated group. This poem ties into black history month because the poem emphasises on the history of the african american culture in America, and depicts the emotions of the slaves at the
Throughout much of his poetry, Langston Hughes wrestles with complex notations of African American dreams, racism, and discrimination during the Harlem Renaissance. Through various poems, Hughes uses rhetorical devices to state his point of view. He tends to use metaphors, similes, imagery, and connotation abundantly to illustrate in what he strongly believes. Discrimination and racism were very popular during the time when Langston Hughes began to develop and publish his poems, so therefore his poems are mostly based on racism and discrimination, and the desire of an African American to live the American dream. Langston Hughes poems served as a voice for all African Americans greatly throughout his living life, and even after his death.