Langston Hughes’s poems show how he saw his life as he was growing up. Hughes’s poems involve how The Harlem Renaissance during the 1920’s affected not only the African- American culture, but the soul as well. Most of the poems in Hughes’s collection include how black people felt towards the way white people treated them. Black people during the 60’s were trying to fight for equality and, to get to where they want to be; many often saw their dreams deferred. The connections I saw between Hughes’s work and the social climate of the time was that he often wrote what he felt and his words described a vivid picture of what he saw during the Harlem Renaissance.
This journey of pain and perseverance is portrayed through the Langston Hughes poem, “ Let America Be America.” Hughes uses the inequality that still stands in the “free” America to voice that everyone should be equal. Hughes uses various allusions to portray the didactic meaning of the poem that the statements of a free America for everyone, is far from the truth. Making allusions to certain instances, in African American history provided a way for Hughes’ audience to understand his underlying thought. Throughout the formation of the America today, African Americans have been discriminated starting from their beginning as slaves. Hughes describes African Americans during this time period as, “the Negro(s) bearing slavery’s scars.”(20) and, “ the
He also mentions a part of slavery in his poem, the speaker says “I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln / went down to New Orleans,” (Hughes 8). Another poem Langston wrote is “You and Your Whole Race”. This poem really opens the eyes and the views on life. It also speaks out to people about how everyone is treated differently than they actually should. In this poem the speaker mentions, “Look down upon the town in which you live / And be ashamed,” (Hughes 2-3).
Many Authors in American Literature used their short stories or poems to give the real details about race. Authors such as Thomas Jefferson, Phillis Wheatly and Henry Longfellow are just a few who wrote about these details in their works. Thomas Jefferson and Henry Longfellow being white mean used their color as platform to try and abolish slavery. Phillis Wheatly gives her reader an insight on what is was like to be a slave. In this essay I will be discussing the writes struggles with the issue of
The poem “Selma 1965” was written by Gloria Larry house who was a African American human rights activist. She was able to describe with the poem conditions and occurrences during the march. There are many poetic devices used to better explain the situation such as similes “ripped hem hanging like a train”. Other devices used include metaphors, rhythmic words and imagery. An example of metaphor “ tattered angels of hope”, rhythmic words "Before I 'd be a slave, I 'd be buried in my grave", and imagery “Dancing the whole trip”.
An Unfolding of Robert Hayden’s “Names” Throughout the history of Black culture in America, poet Robert Hayden represented Black history explaining and illustrating it through his poetic works. Although it is one of Hayden’s lesser known works, Names, is an extremely powerful poem that takes the reader on a journey of the trials and tribulations of slave life in America. “Once they were sticks and stones I feared I would break my bones,” provides a concise opening line as Hayden utilizes this idiom to relate the situation of the speaker to something that the reader can relate to. Hayden continues in the first stanza to explain a situation in which slaves feared “Four Eyes,” meaning a slave owner. The term “Four Eyes” is also an allusion
In “Theme for English B” and “I, Too,” Langston Hughes uses many literary devices and his personal experiences, as well as his use of pronouns to convey and portray tone, theme of the poems, and to create a mood for the readers. Hughes was an African American man in the 1920’s, who used his life experiences to base the poems “Theme for English B” and “I, Too,” off of. He grew up struggling for acceptance in American society, as it was dominated by white Americans in his time period, and expresses that in his poetry. Poetry gives readers a chance to interpret different circumstances in ways they wouldn't normally, as every time they read and interpret a poem the meaning can slightly alter.
This assignment, I'm going to discuss the poetry of Langston Hughes. This Harlem Renaissance was an early twentieth Century movements to be an artist. How they felt to be black and the meaning behind being black. How to be black, and how to be an American at the same time. Harlem Renaissance started after first War world, and didn't end until the Great Depression.
Writers like Zora Neal Hurston, Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Dubois used their ability to write stories and poetry that expressed how they felt about what was going on in their time and how there were changes that needed to be made. Hughes sometimes talked about how African American culture should be celebrated because it is just as important as white culture or any other culture. Sweat by Zora Neal Hurston didn 't focus on racial inequality as the forefront, but it showed how African American slaves who were beaten by their owners resulted in them being abusive to others around them because that was all they knew. W.E.B.
The Harlem Renaissance took place during the 1930s ,where artists such as poets, writers, musicians and many other types of artist’s talents blossomed in Harlem, New York. Their work represented the time period of segregation ,but also change in the community.Countee Cullen was poet that wrote about racial issues in the time period ,but also love and faith. “Cullen was not afraid to break down racial barriers ,but hated being pigeonholed for it,” Holt McDougal. “Langston Hughes was a leading poet in the Harlem Renaissance,who mainly based his work of the poor and the working-class,” Holt McDougal. “I ,Too” uses tone and “Tableau” uses imagery to suggest that acceptance is inevitable because hatred can not coexist with a sense of community.
The 1900’s were a miserable time for African Americans, but out of these miserable times came amazing poets such as Langston Hughes whose sole purpose was change. Hughes’, through writing, encouraged others to fight for change, and out of that writing came “Democracy”. “Democracy” is a bitter-toned poem that describes how African Americans will never be equal if you simply wait for it to happen without action and fear fighting for it. You need to make it happen. He makes this clear by stating “Democracy will not come today, this year nor ever through compromise and fear,” (Hughes 1-4), in the opening of the poem.
“Sympathy” is a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Paul Dunbar is an American poet during the 19th and early 20th centuries. A child of former slaves, Paul Dunbar writes this poem to express his feelings toward slavery itself, but specifically the effect on his own life in the 1800’s. If one were to read “Sympathy,” for the first time it could be easy to misinterpret that this poem is actually about a caged bird. However there is a deeper meaning to this poem that has even inspired another famous poem by another famous poet, Maya Angelou.