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Advertisement for the Waldorf-Astoria

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Transcript of Advertisement for the Waldorf-Astoria


Fine living . . . a la carte?
Come to the Waldorf-Astoria!

LISTEN HUNGRY ONES!
Look! See what Vanity Fair says about the
new Waldorf-Astoria:

"All the luxuries of private home. . . ."
Now, won't that be charming when the last flop-house
has turned you down this winter?
Furthermore:
"It is far beyond anything hitherto attempted in the hotel
world. . . ." It cost twenty-eight million dollars. The fa-
mous Oscar Tschirky is in charge of banqueting.
Alexandre Gastaud is chef. It will be a distinguished
background for society.
So when you've no place else to go, homeless and hungry
ones, choose the Waldorf as a background for your rags--
(Or do you still consider the subway after midnight good
enough?)

ROOMERS
Take a room at the new Waldorf, you down-and-outers--
sleepers in charity's flop-houses where God pulls a
long face, and you have to pray to get a bed.
They serve swell board at the Waldorf-Astoria. Look at the menu, will
you:

GUMBO CREOLE
CRABMEAT IN CASSOLETTE
BOILED BRISKET OF BEEF
SMALL ONIONS IN CREAM
WATERCRESS SALAD
PEACH MELBA

Have luncheon there this afternoon, all you jobless.
Why not?
Dine with some of the men and women who got rich off of
your labor, who clip coupons with clean white fingers
because your hands dug coal, drilled stone, sewed gar-
ments, poured steel to let other people draw dividends
and live easy.
(Or haven't you had enough yet of the soup-lines and the bit-
ter bread of charity?)
Walk through Peacock Alley tonight before dinner, and get
warm, anyway. You've got nothing else to do.


Langston Hughes

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003






the poem
Advertisement for the Waldorf-Astoria, by: Langston Huges
"Dine with some of the men and women who got rich off your labor, who clip coupons with clean white fingers because your hands dug coal, drilled stone, sewed garments, poured steel to let other people draw dividends and live easy."

Imaginary: It shows how the poor and homeless people work hard and dirty jobs to get little money to assist the rich, making there life easier. The imaginary is used to describe how hard the work is for the poor.
Imaginary
"LISTEN HUNGRY ONES! LOOK! See what vanity fair says about the new Waldorf-Astoria: " (3-5)

The capital letters and explanation points makes the mood exciting and trys to get your attention like the words "listen" and "look".
Mood
Overall this poem is advertising the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to homeless people. The hotel is very expensive and luxurious so it seems outrageous to advertise it to homeless people but Langston takes a different turn to it. He wants the homeless who read this to dream and want to go there to motivate them to get themselves out of that position. Also, to motivate to sucesssed and enough to be able to stay at the Waldorf-Astoria.
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