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CROSS by Langston Hughes

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by Janna Lee on 13 January 2013

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Transcript of CROSS by Langston Hughes

Cross By Langston Hughes My old man's a white old man A
And my old mothers black. B
If ever I cursed my white old man, C
I take my curses back. B

If ever I cursed my black old mother D
And wished she were in Hell, E
I'm sorry for that evil wish, F
And now I wish her well. E

My old man died in a fine big house G
My ma died in a shack H
I wonder where I'm gonna die I
Being neither white nor black H Langston Hughes Langston hughes was born February 1 1902 in joplin, Missouri. Langston lived in a series of midwestern small towns. Hughes's father left the family and later divorced carrie, langstons mother. His father, James Hughes(of white race), went to Cuba, then Mexico seeking to escape the racism in the U.S. Langston won 14 awards and honors before and after his death. He wrote 348 poems from 1917, to 1966 the year before he died. Langston hughes died on May 22, 1967 in New York City. By Janna Lee Poetry Analysis Imagery The imagery in this poem is in the first and last stanzas. In the first stanza, Hughes narrates that his father is white in skin, and his mother is black in skin color. In the last stanza, he narrates that his father died in a big house, and his mother died in a shack. Reflection Personification The personification in this poem is when Hughes says the line"evil wish" a wish can not be evil since it has no will of it's own. Meaning I think the setting of this poem is when black people did not have all the civil rights that they do now. I also think that Hughes was referring to his own childhood life. Hughes probably had a white, rich father and had a black, slave mother. In the lines "my old man died in a fine big house, my ma died in a shack" maybe the parents were separated due to their place in society. I think that Langston Hughes wrote this poem expressing his feelings. His word choice, I thought, was not very specific but specific enough so you could understand what he meant. In the context of the poem it said that he is neither white or black. That indicates that he came from mixed heritage.
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