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Daybreak in Alabama

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Jared Yalung

on 28 January 2013

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Transcript of Daybreak in Alabama

Diction "write me some" (2)
"purtiest" (4)
"white black white black people" (14)
Alliteration "tall tall trees" (7) When I get to be a composer
I'm gonna write me some music about
Daybreak in Alabama
And I'm gonna put the purtiest songs in it
Rising out of the ground like a swamp mist
And falling out of heaven like soft dew.
I'm gonna put some tall tall trees in it
And the scent of pine needles
And the smell of red clay after rain
And long red necks
And poppy colored faces
And big brown arms
And the field daisy eyes
Of black and white black white black people
And I'm gonna put white hands
And black hands and brown and yellow hands
And red clay earth hands in it
Touching everybody with kind fingers
And touching each other natural as dew
In that dawn of music when I
Get to be a composer
And write about daybreak
In Alabama. Anaphora "And" (8-19) Imagery Daybreak in Alabama ~Langston Hughes Poem By Jared Yalung and Allison Miranda Theme Through the poem "Daybreak in Alabama," Langston Hughes emphasizes that diversity is beautiful and natural. Each word starts with the letter "T". Hughes uses informal vocabulary and unusual word order. Hughes repeatedly says "and" at the beginning of several of the lines. He broke his use of anaphora to emphasize certain lines, such as:

"Of black and white..." (14)
"Touching everybody..." (18) "Rising out of the ground like a swamp mist
And falling out of heaven like soft dew." (5-6) Hughes' description of "rising out of the ground" and "swamp mist" creates a mental picture of tranquility.

The next lines description of "falling out of heaven" and "soft dew" paints a picture of peace and nature. Enjambment "When I get to be a composer
I'm gonna write me some music about" (1-2) Hughes does not end each of his lines, and he only ends certain lines to end a specific idea.
For example, the first sentence with a period at the end has punctuation in order to end the introduction and begin his ideas of diverse nature. Tone "And red clay earth hands in it
Touchng everybody with kind fingers" (17-18) The tone of the poem is passionate, yet soothing and calm. Hughes is passionate about encouraging diversity and writing about segragation, but he writes about it using peaceful and calm words about nature. Simile "Rising out of the ground like a swamp mist" (5)
"falling out of heaven like soft dew" (6)
"natural as dew" (19) Hughes compares his songs to swamp mist and soft dew, and says that people can touch each other kindly and have it be as natural as dew in his songs. Consonance "tall tall trees" (7) The consonant sound of "T" is repeated at the beginning of each of the three words.
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