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Langston Hughes (As I grew Older)


rayan azzeh

on 17 March 2014

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Transcript of Langston Hughes (As I grew Older)

As I Grew Older
By Langston Hughes

Background Of Langston

Simile: "bright like a sun"
This simile is a reference to his happiness and he even mentions right after "My Dream",
First Stanza
The narrator's dream is compared to the sun.
Second Stanza
The wall obstructs narrator's path towards his dream.
"Shadow. / I am black."
Reminds narrator of his race.
Fourth Stanza
The narrator has lost hope.
Fifth Stanza
The narrator begs for help.
How does this poem relate to the identity of Langston ?
His identity is being discriminated against.
The narrator is evidently struggling with his identity; he has no confidence in who he is.

Done By: Rayan El-Azzeh
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Langston Hughes
As I Grew Older
Published in 1925, and then published again with a collection of poems by Hughes, called "The Weary Blues."
Literary Devices (in the poem)
Metaphor: "break this shadow into a thousand lights of sun" and "...into a thousand whirling dreams of sun" and "I am black"

* In this metaphor, Langston is mentioning his depression throughout his life, he says "As the wall rose, rose" he is introducing depression , as he says "My hands, My dark hands, break through the walls" in this case he is mentioning that he is overcoming his depression.

Metaphor: "break this shadow into a thousand lights of sun" and "...into a thousand whirling dreams of sun" and "I am black"

"rose until it touched the sky"

* Langston mentions that theirs a wall that rose up until it touched the sky, by this Langston basically means he was blockaded from having his own freedom, and he cannot climb over it or get over to do what he wants.
The dream that langston refers to at the start of the poem is his childhood innocence where he does not experience the prejudice against african americans of the time, as he grew older "the wall rose" the constraints of society of his time had a greater impact on his life. the shadow he was in could refer to his feelings towards life's restrictions and he felt depressed and as he grew older he did something about it and over came it and awoke back into the dream or was embraced by society/ accepted and he was happy
"It was a long time ago. I have almost forgotten my dream, but it was there then"
"And the wall rose, rose slowly, between me and my dream"

"My hands! My dark hands! Break through the wall! Find my Dream!"
The dream seemed very possible at first, but then the wall "rose slowly" showing that it seemed less and less likely as he grew up. He was then in the shadows until he realized that he needed to destroy the wall to obtain his dream, and for as long as that wall is still there it will be a blockade towards his dreams and his dreams were mainly meant towards the freedom and equality of African Americans race.
Langston is creating lots of imagery and clarity towards the readers when he mentions "My dark hands" he wants them to visualize what he is saying so they can understand his internal feelings.
*Here again Langston is expressing that his dreams which he had wanted to come true for his race wasn't even close to being attainable and that it wasn't even worth trying.
Thanks for listening

How is Langston Hughes identity revealed in the poem "As I Grew Older"?
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