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.
One of his most famous works is “Negro,” which is a poem that highlights African American identity through the personification of African American heritage. The narrator is the personified figure that connects African Americans by explaining historical allusions that contributed to African American heritage and culture. This personified narrator enhances the theme of unified heritage among African Americans in the poem “Negro” with the use of structure, historical parallels, and historical context. One of the ways the use of personification in “Negro” enhances the theme of unified heritage is by manifesting African American history and experience structurally into one person, who is also the narrator. Hughes wrote this poem in the first person, so the poem is laden with “my,”
Both Columbus and Cabeza De Vaca wrote down what they have seen in the exploration, so the people know what they have done. Their writings were wrote to their kings. For example, in "The Relation of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca", Cabeza De Vaca mentioned that the letter is wrote to Your Majesty, Emperor Charles V. Both of Columbus and Cabeza De Vaca include details of the living style of the Indians. "When his rites are celebrated......this power is presented in water for the relatives to drink." The Indians has the consuetude to drink the bone ash of their relatives after the funeral.
Ancient Egypt SLL 1057F Amber Waynik WYNAMB001 Tutorial group 2 Jessica Nitschke 1.Hymn to the Nile i) The phenomenon that the “Hymn to the Nile “responds to the dependency of the Egyptian people on the Nile river. The text shows that the Nile river served as a source of life which sustained and provided all for Egyptians “who creates all that is good” (“Hymn to the Nile” stanza 9). The text asks questions about who controls the Nile and why it flow the way it does - the text itself answers that it is the Egyptian god Hapy who controls the Nile.
Beauford Delaney got his aspiration for painting from his brother,Joseph Delaney. They would copy pictures from Sunday school cards and pictures from the Bible. As he grew older, Beauford Delaney would do jobs as cleaning tables at Vine Street Cafe and being a shoeshine boy. He also did paintings while he was still working as a shoeshine boy. The first painting that he did was a seascape painting.
Frederick Douglass was huge contributor to the Anti-Slavery Movement. He was a former slave who fought for the rights for all humans. Frederick learned how to read and write which gave him the ability to give influential speeches. Frederick wanted equality for all, so he told others about his pasts about being a slave. Later in his life he wrote an autobiography called The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain has a parallel plot as Homer’s Odyssey. Though Charles Frazier wrote Cold Mountain centuries after Homer wrote Odyssey, many of the characters have similar roles, such as Poseidon and the Home Guard. Poseidon from Odyssey and the Home Guard from Cold Mountain resemble each other because they both patrol a wide range of territory, prolong the protagonist’s journey, and act as the protagonist’s main enemy. Poseidon and the Home Guard both patrol most of the territory the protagonist traverses across. In Odyssey, Odysseus travels from Troy to Ithaca mainly by water, which Poseidon controls.
Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
The Harlem Renaissance was of the embracing of literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts it was set apart for whites. Many of Hughes writings were derived from the African American culture and the struggles of their society. The infusion of jazz into his writings created a positive stain in the community. One of Hughes biggest writings was of “The Weary Blue,” which was one of the original Jazz infused poetry. Many of Hughs writings envolved societal culture issues.
In lines five through six of this poem, the speaker says, “I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.” These lines give the image of when the speaker lived by the main rivers in Africa. These rivers were the speaker’s favorite things about Africa. Based on the context, the image the speaker gives about the Euphrates is that it was a warm, calm, and safe source of water for the people of Africa to use.
Wang Wei was a very famous poet in Tang Dynasty. His poem “My Cottage at Deep South Mountain” was a poem which talk about life he wanted. He wanted the nature life. “ I walk until the water ends, and sit waiting for the hour when clouds rise”. This sentence all talk about the natural scene.
He and the other soldiers proceed to drink the whiskey and reflect on their lives for a minute. (Powers 83). This calms down the drastic changes in life for a minute and reminds the soldiers who they really are. This gets the reader to realize that the soldiers, though changed, are the same people who want to sit with their friends for a bit. In The Things They Carried, a nonfiction book on the Vietnam War, author Tim O’Brien also showcases soldiers’ reactions to certain events, whether enjoyable or not.
The Black Poet of The Harlem Renaissance Langston Hughes was an important and well-known figure in the Harlem Renaissance, which occurred in the 1920s and 1930s. Hughes’ main influences were Paul Laurence Dunbar, Walt Whitman, and Carl Sandburg, all of whom wrote about the lives of African-Americans in the 1960s. Langston Hughes’ works mainly use uplifting words to empower minorities because of their mistreatment in America.
One of the most important literary figure was Langston Hughes. When the “Harlem Renaissance” became popular, Langston Hughes’ influences, style of writing, and themes made him different than the others. Langston Hughes was influenced by people and events. The people that influenced him were Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman.
Dreams are vital to live as they carry one to aim for the future. Without dreams, one's heart is lost, Dreams searching for another possible outcome. In the poem Dreams, Langston Hughes makes a theme statement that dreams have a purpose in our life and without dreams, one's goal can not flower in an open field. He uses many devices to portray the thematic statement and the ones that stand out the most are the personification, metaphor, and the tone.