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Langston Hughes

Poetry Project
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Kiele Owens

on 25 January 2013

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HIS HISTORY James Mercer Langston Hughes was born on February 1st 1902 In Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was young so his father moved to Mexico. James was raised by his grandmother until he was 13. He moved to Lincoln, Illinois but eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio to live with his mom and her husband. Living in Lincoln was when James really got into writing poetry. After graduation he spent a year at Columbia University. In 1926 he published his first book of poems "Weary Blues" published by Alfred A. Knopf. He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania three years later. In 1930 his first novel, Not Without Laughter, won the Harmon gold medal for literature. PICS AND POEMS The theme of Langston Hughes poems is dreams. . Dreams that he has for equality and no discrimination. How you can be yourself and be proud of who you are and no one will judge you. How depending on your race will determine if your dreams are pushed aside like in his poem "Harlem- A Dream Deferred". How if your dreams don't come true you may be stuck doing what you don't want to like in his poem "Dreams". In "The Dream Keeper" Hughes is basically saying hold onto your dreams, protect them and keep believing in them and don't let the world around you effect your life. Poetry Analysis There are many Literary Devices in "Harlem" that reflects Langston Hughes' form of writing.

*SIMILE- ex:
-does it DRY UP LIKE A RAISIN in the sun?
-or FESTER LIKE A SORE
-does it STINK LIKE ROTTEN MEAT?
-crust and sugar over LIKE A SYRUPY SWEET
-sags LIKE A HEAVY LOAD *PERSONIFICATION- ex:
-fester like a sore- And THEN RUN
-or does it EXPLODE *IMAGERY- ex:
-DRY UP like a raisin in the sun?
-STINK like ROTTEN MEAT?
-CRUST and SUGAR OVER- like a syrupy sweet? *HYPERBOLE- ex:
-maybe it SAGS like a HEAVY LOAD. Or does it EXPLODE? These 4 Literary devices point out the key parts of the poem. They explain how some dreams that are pushed aside are forgotten (dry up like a raisin in the sun). How pushign your dreams away can hurt you or your future (fester like a sore- and then run?) Do you keep your dream and never forget it. (crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet.) Or does the Dream being pushed aside stay on your mind. (maybe it sags like a heavy load.) Or does the dream being pushed aside make you so angry you decide to do something about it. Langston Hughes
Poet, social activist, novelist Poetry Analysis Poetry Analysis The poetic devices found in "The Dream Keeper" are... The poetic devices in "Dreams" are: Repetition:
-Hold fast to dreams...
-For if..
-Life Imagery:
-Broken-Winged birds
-Barren Field
-Frozen with Snow Symbol:
-Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
-Life is a barren field frozen with snow Imagery:
-blue-cloud cloth
-too-rough fingers Personification:
-Away from the too-rough fingers Of the world.
-Heart melodies
Rhyme:
-For if Dreams DIE
That cannot FLY
-For when dreams GO
Frozen with SNOW
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