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Harlem Night Song - Metaphor, Mood, Repetition

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Gabrielle Fudge

on 14 April 2015

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Transcript of Harlem Night Song - Metaphor, Mood, Repetition

What is the importance of repetition in the poem?
What kind of figurative language is used in the poem?
Since it does not follow any specific rhyming pattern (also called a rhyme scheme) or have a definite rhythm to it, this type of poem is called
Free Verse
, because it is "free" of the constraints of other forms of poetry.
"Harlem Night Song"
"Harlem Night Song"
What was Hughes' inspiration for this kind of poetry?
How do you know?
What clues are given?
Langston Hughes wrote explicitly
"I love you"

twice in the poem.
The speaker sings or says those words while walking together with his date down the street in the moonlight, while listening to bands play (presumably) jazz music.
by Langston Hughes
Let us roam the night together

I love you.

The Harlem roof-tops
Moon is shining.
Night sky is blue.
Stars are great drops
Of golden dew.

Down the street
A band is playing.

I love you.

Let us roam the night together
What type of poem is this?
What is the poem's setting, tone, and mood?
The setting of poem changes from the rooftops of Harlem to the night-time streets below.

The tone of the poem is clearly romantic,
and the mood of the poem is joyful.
A brief
biography of
Langston Hughes
Hughes uses a
in both lines 9 and 10:
"Stars are great drops
Of golden dew."
It helps to illustrate how the speaker feels about this particular night
when he is walking alongside her, and
how the night is changed
and charmed by their love.
Go back and review the poem
one more time.
Poet, novelist, and playwright
Born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri
Published his first poem in 1921. and first book 1926
Attended Columbia University, but left after 1 year to travel
Died on May 22, 1967.
The repetition at the beginning and end of the poem emphasizes how in harmony the couple is, which indicates how in love they are.
They make beautiful music together, both literally and figuratively.
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The jazz and blues music played in the night clubs and speakeasies in Harlem, New York colored much of his work.
Many of his peers were also influenced by the music, because it did not adhere to the traditional music style, and its various rhythms clearly communicated the raw emotions of the musicians and singers.
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