Langston Hughes Democracy Poem Outline

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“Democracy Poem Outline”
● Identify the poet`s full name and the full title of the poem.
“Democracy” by Langston Hughes.
● Identify the speaker and provide a very brief synopsis of the poem.
The speaker is Langston Hughes describing the necessity of freedom and how it never comes through quiet tolerance but through fighting for it.
● State your thesis. Formulate a topic sentence that identifies the theme you will be analyzing and select THREE TECHNIQUES (tone, figurative language and structure) which show that theme.
In this free-verse poem, Hughes examines the theme of fighting for freedom and how everyone deserves it through his use of tone, figurative language; namely metaphors, idioms and repetition, as well through some structural elements.

Paragraph 2 Tone
● Formulate a topic sentence that identifies the tone you will be analyzing and how that contributes to the development of the theme you have identified in your thesis statement.
The tone in “Democracy” changes three times throughout the poem, moving from an assertive tone to impatience then finally to a wearied tone. The tones are developed in the poem through punctuation, repetition and rhyme. These three tones demonstrate the theme of fighting for freedom.
● Example 1 PEQ
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Hughes utilization of rhyme makes his poem come out lyrical and not too forced. Rhymes such as “To stand/On my two feet/And own the land.” draw a link between the two lines. These links place stress on the last words, ‘Stand’ and ‘Land’ making a relation. To stand and own land is one of Hughes definitions of freedom and because of his using of rhyming scheme he made the whole stanza memorable. When Hughes uses rhyme he makes the poem work as a continual build up, creating that tone of impatience that is felt in the poem. The rhyme really drives Hughes point across because of the attention it draws to
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