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Langston Hughes

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Sohni Pathan

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Langston Hughes was born on February 1,1902 in Joplin Missouri.
He died on May 22, 1967 in New York due to cancer. Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was influenced by three famous poets- Walt Whitman,
Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and Carl Sandburg. He also wanted his audience to actually see how African Americans went through pain, but he also exposed the colourful culture of Black America as well, which included music and folklore. The instructor said

Go home and write
a page tonight.
And let that page come out of you--
Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it's that simple?
I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here
to this college on the hill above Harlem.
I am the only colored student in my class.
The steps from the class lead down into Harlem,
through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas,
Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y,
the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator
up to my room, sit down, and write this page:

IT's not easy to know what is true for you or me
at twenty-two, my age. But I guess I'm what
I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you:
hear you, hear me--we two--you, me, talk on this page.
(I hear New York, too.) Me--who?
Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.
I like a pipe for a Christmas present,
or records--Bessie, bop, or Bach.
I guess being colored doesn't make me not like
the same things other folks like who are other races.
So will my page be colored that I write?

Being me, it will not be white.
But it will be
a part of you, instructor.
You are white--
yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.
That's American.
Sometimes perhaps you don't want to be a part of me.
Nor do I often want to be a part of you.
But we are, that's true!
As I learn from you,
I guess you learn from me--
although you're older--and white--
and somewhat more free.

This is my page for English B. He was known for writing poems and essays about racial inequality between African Americans and whites. He was also known for having a specific beat that relates to jazz and blues music. Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
He did a lazy sway . . .
He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o' those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
O Blues!
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
Sweet Blues!
Coming from a black man's soul.
O Blues!
In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan--
"Ain't got nobody in all this world,
Ain't got nobody but ma self.
I's gwine to quit ma frownin'
And put ma troubles on the shelf."

Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.
He played a few chords then he sang some more--
"I got the Weary Blues
And I can't be satisfied.
Got the Weary Blues
And can't be satisfied--
I ain't happy no mo'
And I wish that I had died."
And far into the night he crooned that tune.
The stars went out and so did the moon.
The singer stopped playing and went to bed
While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.
He slept like a rock or a man that's dead. The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes Title "The Weary Blues" has a despondent and exhausted
feeling. Because weary
means tired and blues is
a sad style of music, it
can be inferred that the
poem is going to be
gloomy. Paraphrase Chanting a tired song, swaying to a soft hum, I heard a Black man play down on the street at night. By the pale lamp,he swayedto the song if blues with his dark hands on the piano keys. He made the piano sing. O blues! Rocking on a noisy chair, he played the sad song like a musician. Sweet blues! Coming from his body. O blues! Coming from a deep voice with a sad sound, I heard that Black man sing, that piano make music.'I only have myself to make me happy and take away my troubles.' His foot thumped on the ground. He played and sang.'I have the blues and can't be appeased. I have the blues and I am not happy and want to be dead.' He sang into the night were the stars and moon were. He stopped and went to bed with his song in his sad. He slept as if he were dead. Connotation Words like "drone" and "drowsy" convey a tone of weariness, along with words like "croon" and "moan." At the end of the poem, Hughes used a simile to describe how the singer was sleeping by comparing him to a
rock. The piano was often
personified to be singing and moaning, which gives the reader a vivid description of the gloom that was exhibited in the poem. Attitude The speaker's attitude is rather awestruck on the subject of blues because it seems as though this is the first time he heard the blues. He could easily sympathize with the blues singer's weariness because of the hardships of an African American's life. I worked for a woman,
She wasn't mean--
But she had a twelve-room
House to clean.

Had to get breakfast,
Dinner, and supper, too--
Then take care of her children
When I got through.

Wash, iron, and scrub,
Walk the dog around--
It was too much,
Nearly broke me down.

I said, Madam,
Can it be
You trying to make a
Pack-horse out of me?

She opened her mouth.
She cried, Oh, no!
You know, Alberta,
I love you so!

I said, Madam,
That may be true--
But I'll be dogged
If I love you! Madam and Her Madam Title: At first glimps the reader can safley assume that the poem will be about two ladies. Paraphrase: Alberta is a servant to a woman who isn't mean yet Alberta suspects that her employer is slightly racist and is trying to make a work-horse out of her. When she confronts her boss she is denies the accusations and instead says that she loves Alberta. The servant replies by saying that she will never love her employer. Connotations: This poem is written with several slang terms, therefore, the poem is informal. This poem is also filled with imagery describing the size of the house and the imense amount of work Alberta has to do. There is also one symbolism in line 16 (the pack-horse) which represents slavery and mistreatment. Attitude: Madam and Her Madam is slightly funny and serious. It is comical because of the informality in which this poem was written, and the conversation between Alberta and her owner was also hilarious. Yet, message of the story is rather austere because of the topic discussed which is ways that racist people found loopholes to supress people who they found inferior without breaking the law Shifts Shifts: The entire poem is a shift. In line 2 Alberta defends her employer by saying that she is not mean, yet as the poem progresses it is obvious that Alberta never will love her boss. The main shifts that occured in the poem were interchanging between the speaker's perspective and the what the blues singer was actually singing. This shift allows the reader to experience two different point-of-views. It also gives an explanation between what the speaker was feeling and what the singer was feeling and how the two can relate. Title The poem was written during a time of discrimination and prejudice against African Americans. The title of this poem contributes to the meaning by showing that what African Americans felt like after they faced hardships. Title II: After reading the poem the reader can conclude that this poem is about a woman who has a servant. The title is amusing because although both woman are called "Madam" they have completley different lifestyles. Theme: Hughes presents the stark gap between the rich and the poor in an ironic manner. Although both women are refered to as "Madam" they have different social standings. Theme The overall meaning of "The Weary Blues" is that music is a very colourful way to express feelings such as anguish and defeat from the grievances of discrimination against African Americans, jsut like what the blues singer felt. T P C A S T T Fun Fact: Langston Hughes wrote several poems about his fictionalized character Alberta K. Johnson including Madam's Past History, Madam and the Rent Man, and Madam and the Census Man. I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America. I, Too, Sing America This poem has been analyzed by Shabistan Asrar By Langston Hughes TP-CASTT I sing the National Anthem. By: Hayley Gompertz, Shabistan Asrar, Leah Linscott, Sohni Pathan, Hilary Webking I am American just like you. I'm African American. They make me eat in the kicthen when people come over, but I'm human. In the future, blacks wont be dicriminated against and the whites will see the error of their ways. I'm just as American as you. The phrase, "Eat in the kitchen" shows the kind of dicrimnation against blacks. However, the phrase, "I, too, sing(am) America" reflects how Hughes hopes for a better future for blacks and whites. The attitude for the poem is hopeful for better days, and the will to make it happen. The Stanzas show the shifts in the poem.Each line has an emotional value, and in the third stanza, time skips to tomorrow and the emotions change. Singing the national anthem all together shows our unity as a nation, with everyone, even people of different colors, so we should all be treated with respect for each other. The poem is about pointing out what is wrong now, and hoping that people will realize their mistakes and stop discriminating against blacks. Citations:
"Borzoi Reader | Authors | Langston Hughes." Random House - Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books. Random House, 1994. Web. 21 May 2011. <http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/authors/hughes/poem.html>.

Hughes, Langston. "Madam and Her Madam." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. Web. 21 May 2011. <http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15607>

"Langston Hughes." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Academy of American Poets, 1997. Web. 21 May 2011. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/83>. Theme for English B Title The title "Theme for English B"
probably relates to an important
theme of life and how Hughes
discovers and relates to it in
some way. Paraphrase Po' Boy Blues By: Langston Hughes The teacher said to write a
heartfelt paper. The true feelings
of my heart are that you expect my
paper to show my color. But I hear,
see, and feel the same things everyone
else does. I like the same things other
people do. Because of who I am, my
paper will reflect my color. But it will
also reflect yours. We all have things in
common and have parts of ourselves in each
other, even if we don't want to admit it.
So this is my paper, which shows both you
and me. Connotation When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
When I was home de
Sunshine seemed like gold.
Since I come up North de
Whole damn world's turned cold.

I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong.
Yes, I was a good boy,
Never done no wrong,
But this world is weary
An' de road is hard an' long.

I fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
Fell in love with
A gal I thought was kind.
She made me lose ma money
An' almost lose ma mind.

Weary, Weary,
Weary early in de morn.
Weary, Weary,
Early, early in de morn.
I's so weary
I wish I'd never been born. There are very few poetic devices in this poem.
The words are very simple and straightforward.
There are some alliterations such as"Bessie, bop, or
Bach" but this doesn't really add to
the overall meaning of the poem. The first stanza
shows imagery and adds to the affectof the simplicity
of Hughes'life. Attitude The speaker is portrayed as very innocent
and looks at things simply but in a deep
way. The attitude reflects the speaker,
the words spoken are simple and easy to
understand but the meaning is much deeper
and thought-provoking. Shifts The first stanza sets up what
is going to happen, that a page
is supposed to be written. The second
stanza gives an insight into the life
of the speaker. The third stanza shifts into Hughes comparing the things in his life to the things in
others' lives. The fourth stanza is
the speaker thinking about how we are
all a part of each other and everyone
is more similar than they choose to think sometimes. Title The title really is as simple as it seems. It shows what sets up the story (the page for English B) and then it shows that the theme is within the paper. The title is very simple but it suits the simple wording of the poem well. Theme We all have things in common and
pieces of ourselves in everyone else
and that is what should and does unify
us together. The title of the poem represents a southern origin because Po' Boys are commonly made/found in the Southern U.S.
"Blues" usually means a dismal story is involved. TP-CASTT "Po' Boy Blues" I love home, but the North has much more oppurtunity. Things do not turn out the way I expected.
I'm no different and I've done nothing wrong, so why must my life and the world treat me this way?
I fell in love with a girl that took my money and made me lose my mind.
I've stayed up all night thinking why must life be so hard. I wish I was never born. Connotation: Diction: "An' de road is hard an' long"(Hughes 12)
Southern dialect within writing. Informal writing. Literary terms (Allusion): History of the North and South complication including racial discrimination. Symbolism: Hughes indirectly compares his life to a harsh/long road and his home a weary world. Figurative Language (Simile): "de sunshine seemed like gold"(Hughes 1-2) Comparison between sunshine and gold. Sound Devices: gold-cold; wrong-long; kind-mind; morn-born.
Use of Assonance and Consonance within each stanza. The speaker's tone seems angered, then depressed.He wishes things were not complicated and saddened how things turned out. He doesn't see what he did wrong for things to happen this way, so he wishes he never existed. Shifts: The poem shifts from the peace of his home to the devastation from the North. This shows the drastic change in his life. Things do not always turn out the way one has anticipated.
It is wrong that some are treated harshly without reason. Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri
He died on May 22, 1967 in New York due to cancer Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. James Langston Hughes "Langston Hughes « Esol960's Blog." Esol960's Blog. 2 Sept. 2010. Web.
19 May 2011.<http://esol960.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/langston-hughes-2/>. Hughes, Langston. "The Weary Blues." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Alfred A. Knopf Inc. Web. 22 May 2011.
<http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15612>. Hughes, Langston. "Theme for English B." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Knopf and Vintage Books. Web. 22 May 2011. <http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15614>. Hughes, Langston. "Po' Boy Blues." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Web. 22 May 2011.
<http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15608>. Hughes, Langston. "I, Too, Sing America." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Knopf and Vintage Books. Web. 22 May 2011.
<http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15615>. Paraphrase: Attitude: Title: Theme: "Langston Hughes." Receiving Hairline. 8 Dec. 2010. Web. 22 May 2011. <http://receivinghairline.tumblr.com/post/2150540541/langston-hughes>. (Analysis by:Leah Linscott)
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