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Theme for English B

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Avi Mahabir

on 18 December 2014

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Transcript of Theme for English B

Figurative Language
Rhyme: (ex. “I hear you: Hear me- we two you-you me talk on this page”.)
Alliteration: (ex.“I hear you, hear me”)
Assonance: (ex. “I like a pipe for a Christmas present on Records, Bessie, Bop, or Bach)
Imagery (ex. "The steps from the hill lead down into Harlem through a park" )
Visual Representation
What is the poems meaning ?
The poem “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes portrays a black young adult who is trying to figure out what is true in his life via an English assignment. He's the only black man in his college English class, the speaker isn't sure whether to take on the persona of an English student, or stay true to his culture or heritage. The structure of this poem shows the struggle for identity and truth in a fast world where ideas are constantly changing.
Theme for English B
By Salma,Wilmer , Avi, and Quamel
Effectiveness, the devices used to, in conveying the poets meaning ...
The Connection Between the Poem's Meaning and Socio-Historical Context
The devices convey the poets meaning by expressing discrimination and intolerance between the speaker and his classmates.
Langston Hughes discovers that even though people are white or black, and sometimes do not like each other.
We start out with a writing assignment given by someone we can presume is our black speaker's white English professor. The assignment is to just write a page, from the self. The assignment also says that this will make the page "true."

What follows is our speaker's take on the assignment. He questions its simplicity—is something true simply because it comes out of one person's self? Is truth the same thing for a black youth like him as it is for the white professor?

As he's debating what is true for Americans, black or white, we find out a little about our speaker's life. He's a black college student in a class dominated by white students and he lives in Harlem. Harlem, and New York City in general, are a big part of his life, and he feels that he is in conversation with his environment. We also hear about how our speaker is just a normal 22-year-old guy, who likes to do the things normal 22-year-olds do.

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